NCC Joins Onto Letter Regarding Continuing Resolution For FY11 Budget

The NCC joined with organizations representing US agriculture producers and industry in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee expressing concern with H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY11.

Published: February 18, 2011
Updated: February 18, 2011

February 15, 2011

Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
Chairman, Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
2406 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-1705

Norman D. "Norm" Dicks
Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations
2467 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4706

Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Dicks:

The undersigned organizations, representing U.S. agriculture producers and industry, would like to express concern with H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY-2011.  While we applaud the bill’s efforts to decrease discretionary spending, we are concerned that agriculture is being required to absorb a disproportionate amount of the discretionary cuts. 

H.R. 1 would cut $5.21 billion, or 22.4 percent, from agriculture-related programs and operating budgets during the remaining seven months of FY-2011.  This is more than double the 10.3 percent cut proposed in overall non-defense discretionary spending. 

Given the importance that agriculture plays in America’s food security and economic recovery, it is unclear how such disproportionate cuts are warranted or wise.  We strongly encourage Congress to reconsider the balance of funding cuts for the remainder of FY-2011. 


American Association of Crop Insurers

American Beekeeping Federation

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Sheep Industry Association

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau

Farm Credit Council

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Barley Growers Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Farmers Union

National Milk Producers Federation

National Renderers Association

National Sorghum Producers

National Sunflower Association

Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship

South East Dairy Farmers Association

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation

United Dairymen of Arizona

United Egg Producers

US Canola Association

US Dry Bean Council

US Rice Producers Association

USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

USA Rice Federation

Western Peanut Growers Association

Western United Dairymen

CC:  Members, House of Representatives