Breaking News: Senate Ag Committee Approves Farm Bill

AFBF President
Bob Stallman

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday approved its version of the farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012. “By following a bipartisan path and approving its farm bill legislation, the committee moved the farm bill forward with provisions that work well for America’s farm and ranch families,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. He added that Farm Bureau is especially pleased that the bill places a high priority on crop insurance as a risk management tool and also offers a measure of flexibility through safety net options beyond crop insurance.

Further, “We are pleased that the Senate held firm to its intention of limiting cuts to $23 billion,” Stallman said. “That will help maintain workable and viable commodity and conservation titles by limiting program cuts to levels that are fair for farmers and ranchers.” The measure next moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Below is Stallman’s full statement:

“The Senate Agriculture Committee today put the farm bill on a solid road toward success. By following a bipartisan path and approving its farm bill legislation, the committee moved the farm bill forward with provisions that work well for America’s farm and ranch families. We are especially pleased that this bill places a high priority on crop insurance as a risk management tool and that it also offers a measure of flexibility through safety net options beyond crop insurance.

“While the bill contains many provisions compatible with the core farm bill proposal offered by Farm Bureau, we recognize that no farm bill is perfect and there is always room for improvement. We are pleased that the Senate held firm to its intention of limiting cuts to $23 billion. That will help maintain workable and viable commodity and conservation titles by limiting program cuts to levels that are fair for farmers and ranchers.

“We also believe that the bipartisan compromise to oppose means testing, payment limitations or premium subsidy reductions for the crop insurance program and to formalize a tie between crop insurance and conservation compliance helped set the tone of cooperation for this bill moving forward. Overall, this bill meets our firm position that the farm bill be bipartisan in nature, reform-minded in structure and crafted around a broad, flexible, crop insurance-based program that provides our farmers certainty and extends much-needed risk management tools across more acres and more crops.”

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