Many ag groups applaud Senate’s passage of farm bill
The Senate voted to approve the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642) on Tuesday following last week’s passage in the House, which sends legislation to the White House to be signed into law.
Response from multiple agriculture groups was mostly positive. Following the announcement that the Senate had passed the newest farm bill and it awaited President Obama’s signature, many agricultural organizations began issuing statements regarding the bill’s passage. Many were urging President Obama to sign the bill into law.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack made the following statement on passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014:
"Today's action will allow the proud men and women who feed millions around the world to invest confidently in the future. Our communities will have additional support to attract new economic opportunity and create jobs. During difficult times, children, working families, seniors and people with disabilities will have access to nutritious food. The potential of new products, treatments and discoveries will be strengthened through new agricultural research. Renewed conservation efforts will protect our fields, forests and waters creating new tourism options. This legislation is important to the entire nation.
Building on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past 5 years, this bill will accomplish those goals while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. While no legislation is perfect, this bill is a strong investment in American agriculture and supports the continued global leadership of our farmers and ranchers."
The new farm bill contained numerous provisions that will be beneficial for Agricultural Retailers Association membership including the protection of a robust safety net, needed reform in the conservation title that will allow retailers to better serve their grower customers, and an avenue for growers and retailers to voice concerns on chemical security regulations for agricultural products.
Although ARA remains extremely disappointed that the voice of the overwhelming majority was outweighed by a minority opinions on regulatory reform issues such as NPDES permitting; ARA says the passing of this legislation is a victory for ARA and its membership.
Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Federation, said, “The American Farm Bureau Federation commends the Senate for passing the new five-year farm bill with clear, bipartisan support. America’s farmers and ranchers are one step closer to having the certainty needed – and provided by the farm bill – to make planting and farm business decisions.
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