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Farm bill forum scheduled for Aug. 16 in Wyoming

DENVER-Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) will sponsor a forum focusing on what should be in the next federal farm bill. The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eastern Wyoming College Tebbet Building on August 16, 2001 in Torrington, Wyo.

RMFU President Dave Carter, along with Jim Miller of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) government relations office in Washington, D.C., will speak. The forum will also feature a panel with Lois VanMark, Farm Service Agency; Grant Stumbough, Wyo. Dept. of Agriculture; and aides from the U.S. Congressional offices of Cubin, Enzi and Thomas.

Sen. Enzi will be on hand via video followed by a teleconference question and answer period. “This is an excellent opportunity for producers and consumers to let opinion leaders know what they would like to see in the next farm bill,” Carter said. “National Farmers Union’s farm bill proposal and other proposals will be presented and critiqued during these forums.”

NFU’s farm bill proposal addresses market concentration, environment, energy and renewable fuels. It is structured so that producers get their income from the market, rather from emergency allocations. The plan also would provide for a farmer-owned grain reserve.

The current farm bill, which was enacted in 1996, expires at the end of 2002. However, producer groups and lawmakers themselves are voicing concerns about the inadequacy of the current farm bill and the need to write a better one.

The forums are open to all producers as well as anyone interested in discussing farm policy. A complimentary sandwich lunch will be served. For more information, please call your county Farmers Union representative or Rocky Mountain Farmers Union at 303-752-5800.

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