In a letter delivered to Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Rep. Bill Young, R-, Fla., the groups asked the chairmen and their committee members to rebuff any attempts to “substantially alter the delicate balance and allocation of financial resources embodied in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.”

The letter expressed the concern that any significant modification of the funding balance for production agriculture, conservation, risk management, nutrition and export promotion programs in the 2002 farm law will undermine its effectiveness.

Signed by key commodity and agriculture organizations and groups representing interests ranging from banking to conservation, the letter noted the farm bill complies with budget and international trade obligations, addresses the stability of the U.S. production base, protects the nation’s important natural resources and enhances nutrition and food assistance programs for U.S. citizens.

“Our farmers and ranchers need a predictable, stable farm policy in order to make responsible planting and marketing decisions,” the letter stated.

The letter also will be submitted for the record by Marc Curtis, a farmer from Leland, Miss., and past president of the American Soybean Association. He is presenting testimony today on behalf of the commodity groups at a House Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and Research hearing to review conservation technical assistance and the implementation of the conservation title of the farm law.

Other groups signing the letter include:

American Farm Bureau Federation; American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers; American Soybean Association; National Association of Wheat Growers; National Corn Growers Association; National Milk Producers Federation; USA Rice Federation; US Rice Producers Group; US Rice Producers Association;

Alabama Peanut Producers; National Barley Growers Association; National Sunflower Association; Southern Peanut Farmers Federation; U.S. Canola Association; USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council; Independent Community Bankers of America; American Textile Manufacturers Institute; Alabama Farmers Federation; National Grain Sorghum Producers; American Association of Crop Insurers; National Association of Animal Breeders;

Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development; Crop Insurance Research Bureau; Farm Credit Council; National Wild Turkey Federation; Whitetails Unlimited, Inc.; Boone and Crockett Club; Wildlife Management Institute; Ducks Unlimited; North American Grouse Partnership; National Shooting Sports Foundation; Wildlife Forever; The Wildlife Society; American Land Conservancy.

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