Farm Bureau Declares War on Climate Bill

"SEATTLE -- The largest U.S. farm group will oppose aggressively 'misguided' climate legislation pending in Congress and fight animal rights activists, said American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman on Sunday.

In a speech opening the four-day AFBF convention, Stallman said American farmers and ranchers 'must aggressively respond to extremists' and 'misguided, activist-driven regulation ... The days of their elitist power grabs are over.'

Stallman's remarks held a sharper edge than usual for the 6 million-member AFBF, the largest U.S. farm group and often described as the most influential. Its convention opens a string of wintertime meetings where farm groups take positions on public issues."

Charles Abbott reports for Reuters January 12, 2010.

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Source: Reuters, 01/12/2010