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Lang to head AFBF federal deficit task force


Out of control debt limits the services the federal government can offer Americans and threatens our country's sovereignty, according to Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Lang. Lang has been appointed chair of American Farm Bureau's newly-created Federal Deficit Task Force.

With the federal debt around $11 trillion and a projected $1.2 trillion deficit this year alone, the American Farm Bureau board of directors decided to take action, creating a task force that will educate members about the potential consequences of unsustainable government spending. Those members will analyze the consequences, along with potential solutions, and determine whether or not Farm Bureau should address the issue during its grassroots policy development process.

"Out of control government debt isn't just an American issue; it's a worldwide issue," said Lang. "We can't continue to pass debt onto our children. The more debt we accrue, the less we can provide services to our own people. For agriculture, that means less money for infrastructure, a farm safety net and the many other programs that support our family farmers."

The task force consists of eight members from across the country, including four young farmers and ranchers. The group held its first of six meetings in December 2008 and will conclude its work in July 2009. During that time, task force members will gather information from a variety of sources on the ramifications of the national debt, identify options for policy development and recommend educational tools for Farm Bureau members. They will also have the opportunity to present their findings at some 2009 American Farm Bureau conferences.

"We're trying to stimulate our members," said Lang. "Our task force will try to identify the most important aspects for our members to consider and be transparent in presenting the facts. Then our members will have to decide if they want to act upon that information."

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Date: 1/14/09

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