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Farm bill passes through House of Representatives

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The Federal Agriculture Act of 2014, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, has passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The U.S. House of Representatives took a huge step today in helping provide some certainty for our farmers with a bill that will be in place for the next five years, protects crop insurance, promotes trade and helps offer some stability to our food supply. With many of Ohio’s grain farmers already facing grain prices at or below what it cost them to produce a crop, the last thing they needed was additional uncertainty with yet another year of an expired farm bill,” said Brent Hostetler, president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.

“This bill provides resources to help Ohio’s agriculture industry stay competitive globally by continuing to help promote agricultural products around the world through trade,” Hostetler said. "Very few American industries can tout a trade surplus, and we are proud to help keep tens of billions of dollars here to spend in our communities through trade.”

The bill now advances to the Senate.

“We applaud the leadership in the U.S. House for embracing an imperfect bill to bring forward a safety-net for Ohio’s farmers and that positively impacts every citizen in Ohio. We urge the Senate to take quick action and send this farm bill to the President’s desk for his signature,” said Hostetler.

John C. (Jack) Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, also applauded the passage of this bill.

“Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that benefits all Ohioans by ensuring food and farm security for both consumers and farmers," Fisher said. "The farm bill demonstrates fiscal responsibility, provides a needed safety net for farmers, protects important nutrition and food access programs and provides resources to help farmers protect the environment.

“We would like to thank House agriculture committee members Reps. Marcia Fudge and Bob Gibbs for their leadership in addition to all of Ohio’s House members who voted in favor of this important legislation.

“We now ask members of the Senate to also pass this farm bill agreement when it comes to them early next week," Fisher added. "We appreciate Senate Agriculture Committee member Sherrod Brown’s leadership in advocating for passing the farm bill in the Senate and for his work on the conference committee.”

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