FFVA JOINS GROWER GROUPS PROTESTING
FLEX ACRES LEGISLATION
FFVA joined a group of 25 grower associations
in signing a letter to Senator Richard Lugar and Representative
Mike Pense expressing concern for H.R. 2045, the Farming Flexibility
Act of 2005. The bill would allow the planting of fruits and vegetables
for processing purposes on covered commodity base acres.
This legislation is of great concern to
the produce industry due to the potential adverse impact to fruit
and vegetable growers across the country, the letter read.
This legislation could subject fruit and vegetable producers
to significant revenue losses and industry-wide economic instability,
The letter concluded by saying, We oppose
your legislation and feel that even though you attempt to identify
fruit and vegetables specifically for processing, the end market
for fruit and vegetable production shifts resulting from this
legislation cannot be assured and will adversely impact the existing
fruit and vegetable growers.
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