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Former Reagan & Clinton Agriculture Secretaries, Midwest Farm Leaders Endorse New American Farmland Trust Policies for 2007 Farm Bill

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Original live broadcast: Monday, May 8, 2006, 10:00 am EASTERN TIME

News Conference/Teleconference on Week of 73rd Anniversary of 1st Farm Bill Details New Framework and Vision for 21st Century Farm Policy

Just four days before the 73rd anniversary of the first farm bill (May 12, 1933), American Farmland Trust (AFT) released Agenda 2007: A New Framework and Direction for U.S. Farm Policy, its policy recommendations to make U.S. agriculture competitive in the 21st Century. This policy framework is the product of more than a year of consultation with hundreds of farmers, ranchers, economists and policy experts. Unlike the 2002 Farm Bill or any proposed short-term extensions, AFT's policy recommendations enhance farmer profitability and competitiveness, expand environmental stewardship, advance rural prosperity and improve the health of consumers.

  • Ralph Grossi, President, American Farmland Trust
  • Clayton Yeutter, former U.S. Trade Rep., Reagan Administration, 1985-1989/
    former Secretary of Agriculture, Bush Administration, 1989-1991
  • Dan Glickman, fmr. U.S. Sec. of Agriculture, Clinton Administration, 1993-2000
  • John Hardin, Indiana pork and grain producer/former President, National Pork Producers Council

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