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"After a two-day meeting to try and find consensus on new farm programs, major farm and commodity groups issued a joint statement this morning, confirming their desire to work together and for Congress to write a new farm bill in 2012 , but making no mention of any specific agreement on a path forward. "Over the past two days, producer leaders have met to discuss policy priorities, to hear the perspectives of key policymakers and to work toward consensus on the future of U.S. farm policy. What was confirmed in our meeting is that we are committed to work together to come up with a viable farm policy,” wrote representatives of the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union, American Soybean Association (ASA), National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Sorghum Producers, USA Rice, U.S. Canola Association, National Barley Growers Association, National Sunflower Association, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation. "Also confirmed is our common belief that Congress should pass and the President should sign a strong new farm bill into law this year. The law expires at the end of this year and producers - like all job creators - need certainty from Washington. Most of the statement reflected on the important role that American agriculture plays in the U.S. economy and the need for a clear farm policy direction going forward."

Posted February 2nd, 2012