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WHEREAS, the food and agriculture sector remains a vital contributor to the U.S. economy and to the world’s supply of food and fiber, and the agricultural community remains an important contributor to the nation’s culture, work ethic and way of life; and

WHEREAS, agriculture, especially in the Northeastern portion of the country, is changing through the advent of new marketing alternatives and value-added products, and is ever more dependent on innovation and adaptation, and, correspondingly, its needs for financial services and capital, new investment and improved infrastructure are changing; and

WHEREAS, farm viability in the Northeast spans an array of concerns, with a diverse array of agricultural products, with farm size ranging from small to very large, and with a particular emphasis needed on encouraging multi-generational and new farmers to sustain and grow our working agricultural landscape; and

WHEREAS, new, emerging opportunities to expand and enhance the viability of the Northeast’s food and agricultural industry also serves to bolster related industries that both support, and are supported by, food and agriculture; and

WHEREAS, the customer-owned Farm Credit System has a mission to serve the financial needs of agriculture by providing capital, expert advice and competitive financial services and products; and

WHEREAS, the food and agriculture industry needs greater, more dependable access to competitive, flexible financial resources in order to compete in a changing economy that spans local, regional, national and global marketplaces.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the delegates to the 92nd State Agricultural Convention, assembled in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on February 14, 2007, support regulatory and legislative changes that provide agricultural producers, commercial fishermen, farm, fishing, forest product and other ag-related businesses, homeowners and others involved in America’s food, fiber and energy production with broader access to financing by the cooperative Farm Credit System as outlined in Farm Credit’s “HORIZONS” project.