Hardwood Federation joins 500 signatories to letter demanding return of US Farm Bill to House floor before Sept. 30 expiry; letter says legislation affects millions of jobs tied to forestry, natural resources, would bring certainty to rural America

LOS ANGELES , July 10, 2013 (press release) – The Hardwood Federation is among more than 500 signatories to a letter sent to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner requesting that the 2013 Farm Bill  is brought back to the floor before it expires on September 30, according to a report by Hardwood Floors Magazine.

The letter has been signed by businesses, trade associations, and lobbying groups and seeks to remind the Speaker that millions of American jobs are tied to farming, ranching, forestry, and natural resources, which are all addressed in the five-year bill (H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013).

The letter states: “Farm bills represent a delicate balance between America’s farm, nutrition, conservation, and other priorities, and accordingly require strong bipartisan support.” It continues: "It is vital for the House to try once again to bring together a broad coalition of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to provide certainty for farmers, rural America, the environment and our economy in general and pass a five-year farm bill upon returning in July.”

The Hardwood Federation noted that it had been been working closely with Senate and House committees on a Farm Bill that would benefit its members, which include the National Wood Flooring Assn.

The primary source of this article is Hardwood Floors, the magazine of the National Wood Flooring Assn., Madison, Wisconsin, on July 8, 2013.

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