NFU Congratulates Senate on Passage of Farm Bill12 June 2013
US - The US Senate passed the Agriculture, Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 by a vote of 66-27.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued a statement in response to the passing of the bill.
Mr Johnson said: "I am pleased that the Senate was able to come together in a bipartisan manner to pass the 2013 Farm Bill, which is a vital piece of legislation for family farmers and ranchers across the country. I appreciate the hard work of the leadership of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, as well as the hard work of all Senators.
"I am happy to see language included that will provide a safety net for family farmers and ranchers, as well as a robust crop insurance program, mandatory energy funding, streamlined conservation programs, additional protections for livestock producers and incentives for locally owned and organic production.
"NFU urges the US House of Representatives to follow suit with expeditious floor consideration and passage of its version of the legislation. NFU looks forward to working with both chambers of Congress through a conference committee to complete a comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current legislation expires on 30 September."
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