The U.S. Senate this afternon passed the Federal Agriculture Act of 2014, otherwise known as the Farm Bill.
"This day has been a long time coming as farmers from all corners of Ohio have spent years tirelessly advocating for a new farm bill to ensure a safety-net is in place for those years we are faced with circumstances far beyond our control. I join my fellow farmers in thanking Ohio’s congressional delegation who supported a bill to help protect one of Ohio’s greatest resources, our agriculture industry, which helps to maintain the most secure and affordable food supply in all of the world," said Brent Hostetler, president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.
The Senate eended debate on the farm bill conference report Monday evening, which paved the way for final passage today. The cloture vote was 72 to 22.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said during concluding remarks that she had enjoyed working with ranking member Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
Stabenow said they had a mutual administration of music, especially the blues, which “sometimes we were singing during the process.”
In a news release Monday, Stabenow said: “This is not your father’s farm bill. Tomorrow, the Senate can enact major reforms to farm programs, end outdated and unnecessary subsidies, and support the transition the American people are already making to a healthier food system. Congress has passed few major deficit reduction bills or major bipartisan jobs bills in recent years. Tomorrow, the Senate can reduce the deficit and help farmers, ranchers and business owners create jobs by passing the 2014 Farm Bill.”
“The Senate has an opportunity to end the uncertainty that has dogged farmers and consumers for years,” Cochran said. “I am grateful that the 2014 farm bill, with its many reforms and deficit reduction measures, is receiving bipartisan support from all regions of the country. This legislation was purposely written to ensure that agriculture policies work to strengthen the diversity of the American agriculture sector, to foster conservation and combat nutrition program abuses.”
Today, Hostetler added this: “Time and again Ohio’s farmers have told us that crop insurance is one of the most important tools they can use to help preserve their farm’s future," said Hostetler. It is very encouraging to see our legislative leaders recognize the significance of crop insurance and protect and strengthen the program in this farm bill. With a bill that affects every person in the state, it certainly required a great deal of compromise and will never be a perfect product," said Hostetler. It seems compromise has become a dirty word in our country and we are thankful that the majority in Congress were able to put their personal beliefs and partisan ideals aside and pass a farm bill that will benefit all Ohioans.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Norwalk Reflector staff contributed to this story.
By Jerry Hagstrom - Agweek Magazine (MCT)
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