The American Farm Bureau Federation commends the Senate for quickly moving forward to complete work on the bipartisan 2013 farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Jobs and Food Act. The Senate approved the bill, which provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers, Monday evening, 66-27.
“We appreciate the Senate’s decision to protect and strengthen the federal crop insurance program and not reduce its funding, as well as the approval of a commodity program that provides farmers varied safety net options,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “This approach to farm policy will encourage farmers to follow market signals rather than basing planting decisions on anticipation of government farm benefits. Most importantly, the program will be viable because the Senate stood firm on a budget savings level of $24 billion.”
The House will take up its version of the farm bill before the end of the month.
AFBF news release
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