May 31, 2024
House Farm Bill moving forward

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA) has released the following statement following the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s passage of the farm bill:

“We thank Chairman Thompson and his staff for including so many investments for specialty crops in his bill, as well as the countless Democrats and Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee who expressed strong support for them during Thursday’s markup. Investments like these are vital to maintaining and enhancing the competitiveness of our growers across the U.S. and to support a healthier America, and it’s essential they appear in the final conference report.

“Delivering a farm bill this year is imperative and will require bipartisan support on funding sources. It is now time for all parties to come together to develop that agreement and provide the certainty that specialty crop producers and the country overall deserve.”

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA)A national coalition of more than 200 specialty crop organizations, the SCFBA represents growers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery plants and other products. In early 2023, the alliance released a set of key policy priorities as part of its Farm Bill recommendations. Specialty crop production, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery and greenhouse commodities, contributes significantly to the U.S economy, accounting for $64.7 billion in farm gate value and 30 percent of farm cash receipts for crops.

The SCFBA is co-chaired by Cathy Burns, CEO of the International Fresh Produce Association; Mike Joyner, President of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association; Dave Puglia, President and CEO of Western Growers; and Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council.

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance is a national coalition of more than 200 organizations representing growers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery plants and other products. The Alliance was established to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop agriculture and improve the health of Americans by broadening the scope of U.S. agricultural public policy. For more information, visit farmbillalliance.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Christina Morton, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, christina.morton@ffva.com.

Siobhan May, International Fresh Produce Association, SMay@freshproduce.com.

Mark Szymanski, National Potato Council, marks@nationalpotatocouncil.org.

Ann Donahue, Western Growers, adonahue@wga.com.