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Farmer’s Union says time to put landmark investments in legislation to work for America

The USDA and National Farmers Union President Rob Larew voiced their support for President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better framework as it progresses through Congress.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The country’s ranchers, farmers, rural communities and rural health care providers need to get behind the Build Back Better  Framework reconciliation bill working its way through Congress, says Dave Larew, President of the National Farmers Union.

The National Farmers Union supports the new framework for the budget reconciliation bill announced by the White House Thursday.

“The framework includes a multitude of investments to help rural America, including establishing the Rural Partnership Program (RPP), improving quality and affordability of health care,” said Larew.

“Family ranchers and farmers are an essential part of the climate solution. We are pleased the framework invests in programs to help accelerate implementation of climate-smart practices on ranches and farms and demonstrates support for biofuels.” He added,  “These efforts will also help to make agriculture production more resilient in the face of extreme weather events and other natural disasters exacerbated by climate change.”

The Build Back Better framework would provide $1.75 trillion dollars over 10 years, down from the original $3.5 trillion dollar price tag. Larew says proposed changes to the tax code in the framework do NOT includde eliminating stepped-up basis at death. “But,” he said, “it does focus on the highest income Americans paying their fair share.”

He continued, “This framework is an important and critical opportunity to improve the lives of millions and, along with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, should be passed into law.”

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Margaret Sumption was recognized by SDFU for her service to rural youth as a volunteer, with the esteemed Minnie Lovinger Award. Sumption is pictured here with Aeriel Eitreim (left) Senior Advisory Council member from Sioux Falls and Cadence Konechne, (right) Jr. Junior Advisory Council member from Kimball.


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