Wednesday, January 29, 2014

House OKs Farm Bill Conference Report

The House of Representatives has approved the conference report on the Farm Bill.

Here is a statement from the New York Farm Bureau:

“This is a significant day for New York’s farmers who are seeing the cloud of uncertainty that has hung over the Farm Bill lifting away in Washington.  The House has passed the Farm Bill conference report in a bi-partisan fashion, a bill that takes into account many of New York’s diverse agricultural needs.

The improved safety net for our dairy farmers as well as many of our fruit and vegetable growers who have had little recourse following a natural disaster is a worthy investment into our food system. The sensible approach not only saves taxpayers billions of dollars, but also reassures farmers and consumers alike that our food system is protected during times of need.

The Farm Bill also invests in a number of important research and support programs that will assist the state’s growing organic and local food movement, encourages the expansion of maple production, and provides for rural economic development that will help get healthy food from the farm to the dinner table. In addition, the Farm Bill extends a number of critical conservation and farmland protection programs that are widely used in New York.

New York Farm Bureau would like to thank the members of the New York delegation who have supported this bill and worked hard for its passage.  We are encouraging the Senate to quickly follow suit for the benefit of New York agriculture,” said Dean Norton, President of New York Farm Bureau.

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