The 2012 farm bill, formally designated S. 3240, passed the cloture vote Thursday by an overwhelming margin of 90-8. The measure now proceeds to the full Senate floor for debate and amendments, a process that could take several weeks before a final vote is taken.

National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate voting in favor 90-8 to advance the 2012 farm bill to the Senate Floor:

“The overwhelmingly positive vote on the floor reaffirms that Senators understand the importance of passing the 2012 Farm Bill this year. The National Corn Growers Association cheers the strong bipartisan vote and appreciates the work of Senators Stabenow and Roberts on this legislation.

“The 2012 farm bill creates the reforms needed to not only reduce the federal deficit but ensure a positive beginning for the next generation of America’s farmers. We thank the Senate for their support and urge debate to begin quickly.”