Allowing the 2002 Farm Bill to work as it was intended is all about living up to “commitments,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told members attending the organization's 86th annual meeting in Charlotte.

“You are carrying out your commitment by providing safe, abundant and affordable food for this country,” Stallman said. “In return, Congress committed to providing you a workable and effective farm program for six years. We are meeting our commitment. Our government must meet theirs.”

Speaking on the opening day of the AFBF meeting, Stallman told members, “We will be glad to talk about policies for the 2007 Farm Bill and even start that discussion in 2005, but we have to let the current Farm Bill run its course.”