The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation joined other agricultural organizations in opposing U.S. Senate floor amendments that change payment limitations, eliminate direct payments and establish new Adjusted Gross Income tests for farmers. The amendments are being offered during the consideration of the Fiscal Year 2012 Agricultural Appropriations legislation debate in the U.S. Senate.
Check-off boards Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are members of SPFF.
More than 30 boards voiced their opposition in a letter to U.S. Senators last week. The letter noted that the agriculture appropriations bill is within discretionary spending guidelines and urged leaders to regard the bill as a contract between government and producers.
"This is the end of the fourth year of the current five-year farm bill upon which U.S. farmers and ranchers and their lenders have already made financial decisions," the letter said. "Amendments to an appropriations bill that would alter the terms of this contract with our producers are occurring at the wrong time and in the wrong venue."
The organizations prefer the Senate should delay action until the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction finishes its work.
"We respectfully urge you to oppose all amendments that would alter or reduce mandatory funding for U.S. farm policy in favor of the bipartisan, bicameral efforts to achieve budget savings while maintaining sound U.S. farm policy," the letter concluded.
These organizations signed the letter: American Association of Crop Insurers, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, American Sugar Alliance, American Sugarbeet Growers Association, American Sugar Cane League, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Farm Credit Council, Florida Sugar Cane League, Hawaii Sugar Farmers, Independent Community Bankers of America, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Milk Producers Federation, National Sorghum Producers, National Sunflower Association, Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers, South East Dairy Farmers Association, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, Southwest Council of Agribusiness, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, U.S. Rice Producers Association, U.S.A. Dry Pea & Lentil Council, U.S.A. Rice Federation and Western Peanut Growers.