The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance has kicked off its efforts to communicate to Congress its priority needs for the next Farm Bill. FFVA is a founding member of the Alliance.
The group met with key lawmakers to ensure that the gains made in the past two farm bills for the specialty crop industry are preserved and to advance key priorities. They include funding for research, programs that will increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by school children, and programs that promote trade and new markets.
They discussed the Farm Bill with House Agriculture Committee members Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, chairman; Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, ranking member; Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis; and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The group also met with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, and Chuck Conner, head of the National Council of Farmers Cooperatives.
FFVA President Mike Stuart is serving as a co-chair of the Alliance again for this Farm Bill. In addition, FFVA Director of Public Affairs Lisa Lochridge is chairing the communication committee.
The alliance is a national coalition of more than 120 organizations representing growers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery plants and other products. The alliance was established to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop agriculture and improve the health of Americans by broadening the scope of U.S. agricultural public policy.