5 , 2006
APPLAUDS FARM BILL PROPOSALS
On Jan. 31, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns unveiled USDA's 2007 Farm Bill proposals.
In response, FFVA distributed a news release strongly applauding Johanns
leadership in drafting recommendations that acknowledge the significant role of
specialty crops in U.S. agriculture.
The proposal targets nearly $5 billion to support specialty crop producers by:
Increasing nutrition in food assistance programs including school meals
through the purchase of fruits and vegetables
Fighting trade barriers
Expanding export markets
acknowledged the importance of specialty crops in U.S. agriculture, noting that
their value now equals the value of program crops.
is part of the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, a group of organizations representing
growers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, nursery plants and other
products, which has worked to broaden the scope and efficiency of U.S. agricultural
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