The Farm Bill Now coalition hosted a bipartisan rally at the U.S. Capitol encouraging Congress to pass a five-year farm bill before the current farm bill expires on Sept. 30.
The Farm Bill Now coalition hosted a bipartisan rally at the U.S. Capitol encouraging Congress to pass a five-year farm bill before the current farm bill expires on Sept. 30. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said, “The Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill that achieved major reform months ago. Now the House needs to pass a farm bill to help provide economic certainty for our farmers and ranchers and critically needed disaster assistance. Michigan's farmers know that when there is work to be done on the farm, you can't put it off for another day. The House of Representatives shouldn't put off its work for another day either.” Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said, “Perhaps never in the history of farm legislation have so many diverse farmer and rancher voices joined together for such a common call for action on a farm bill. We gather here under a banner adorned with three words – farm bill now! And we are here to raise our voices toward Capitol Hill for a shared purpose.” Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, reminded Congress that the farm bill is a bipartisan issue and that it is a farm, jobs, energy, conservation and consumer bill. Other congressional speakers included Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD. Agricultural speakers included representatives of the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farmland Trust, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Consumers League, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, Michigan Milk Producers Association and the Untied Fresh Produce Association. The House Republican leadership has been reluctant to bring the farm bill to the floor for consideration because of a split within the Republican caucus as some members want deeper cuts in the bill. The “Farm Bill Now” coalition is comprised of over 80 agricultural, conservation, energy and consumer organizations