American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says the introduction in the 113th Congress of the farm bill approved by the Senate last session represents real hope for farmers and ranchers that the Senate will aggressively move forward on a long-term bill to give farmers the risk management certainty they need. He says it will ultimately take real bipartisan cooperation to get the farm bill to the finish line. He is hopeful Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Thad Cochran will work quickly to build on the bipartisan work that was the hallmark of the Senate farm bill last year.
Stallman encourages House Speaker John Boehner and other House members to follow the example set by Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson in their actions to pass a bipartisan farm bill that worked for all Americans out of their committee. According to Stallman – the nation’s farmers deserve the policy certainty a five-year farm bill would provide. He says we need a flexible, reform-minded bill that draws its key risk management tools from crop insurance provisions.
Source: NAFB News Service