A group of maritime, non-governmental organizations and farm groups wrote farm bill conferees this week emphasizing the importance of our nation’s long-standing and successful international food aid programs.

The letter supports the reauthorization of current programs including the Food for Peace and Food for Progress programs, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program and the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust.

The groups urged the conferees not to make changes that take transparency away from current programs, including several offered in the Obama Administration budget, and to keep the use of U.S-grown commodities as a defining characteristic of U.S. international food aid efforts. The full letter is available at www.wheatworld.org/farmbill.