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Farm bill failure reactions

Jeff Caldwell 06/20/2013 @ 2:52pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted down the farm bill on Thursday afternoon, spawning reaction from around the agriculture industry. Here are just a few of the immediate reactions to Thursday's vote.


National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson:

“The National Corn Growers Association is extremely disappointed to see the House of Representatives fail to pass the 2013 farm bill. Up to the last minute our organization has actively and consistently called for passage of the legislation. We will be engaged in all efforts needed to secure passage in the House and bring the bill to Conference.”

American Soybean Association President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Mississippi:

"This bill would have reinforced the farm safety net, promoted our products in foreign markets, strengthened the fast-growing biodiesel industry, enhanced conservation programs; not to mention the stable, affordable and safe supply of food, feed, fiber and fuel that it would have ensured for all Americans -- all while addressing our collective fiscal and budgetary obligations. Now, none of those benefits can be realized and a debilitating uncertainty extends from farmers to consumers as we all face the expiration of farm bill programs on September 30.

“It is incumbent on both Republicans and Democrats to find a way forward for American agriculture.”

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation

“The House farm bill failed commonsense conservation standards, and it failed to get enough votes to pass. Reasonable measures to protect taxpayers and natural resources must be included a farm bill. The National Wildlife Federation will continue to fight for a farm bill that includes a link between conservation compliance and crop insurance, and a National Sodsaver program.”

Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham

“Today is a victory for the taxpayer and the free market. Now is the time for the House to recognize what so many others have: The unholy alliance that has long dominated America’s agriculture and nutrition policy must end.”

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