In a show of strong bipartisan support, 42 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Farm Bill conferees asking them to maintain the specialty crop provisions currently contained in the House and Senate Farm Bills.  The conference committee members for the House and Senate Farm Bills are currently considering provisions which include almost US$1bn in funding investments to provide the tools necessary to drive both consumption and demand for fruits and vegetables in the market place.  This congressional letter also follows an industry correspondence sent last week to conferees by representatives of fruit and vegetable growers across the US asking the congressional members to support these important provisions.