How'd your group react to the farm bill's passage?
How'd your lawmaker, group you support or association react to Tuesday's passage of the farm bill? Here's a roundup of a few reactions from around the industry, from lawmakers to conservation, crop and livestock groups. Agriculture.com will continue to track reaction from around the nation.
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-GA
“I am pleased to support the 2014 Farm Bill which reforms critical farm programs, strengthens the nation’s food security, protects the livelihood of our farmers and ranchers, and preserves our efforts to remain good stewards of the environment. This bill embodies the promise of reform while achieving savings to contribute to lowering our debt and deficit. I am truly pleased with the options this bill offers to protect producers in times of need, while supporting our nation's long-term economic and food security. I am also pleased with the language in this bill that re-links conservation compliance to crop insurance as well as streamlines and strengthens conservation programs to protect land, water, and wildlife for future generations.
“This is my fourth and final farm bill as a member of Congress. As a former chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am proud of this bill and previous farm bills I have had the privilege to be a part of. I believe this legislation is vitally important to the farmers, ranchers and consumers of Georgia, as well as those across this great nation, and there is no single piece of legislation that impacts as many people in my state as this one."
U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA
“I’m extremely disappointed that my provisions to place a hard cap on farm payments and better define who can receive those payments were stripped down to such a great extent that they likely won’t have much effect. Unfortunately, a few members of the House and Senate placed parochial interests above the broader good for the agricultural community.
“Currently 10 percent of the wealthiest farmers receive 70 percent of the benefit from the farm program. This puts small- and medium-sized farms and young and beginning farmers at a disadvantage. These are the very people the farm program is supposed to help. The committee leaders negotiating the final bill struck my simple, common-sense and enforceable provisions from the final bill.
“As a farmer myself, I understand how a five-year farm bill helps with long-term planning, and there are some good things in the bill. But, I can’t turn a blind eye to a select few members dismantling a provision that was passed by wide, bipartisan majorities in both the House and the Senate.”
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-KS