The Senate invoked cloture on the farm bill, which will allow senators to move forward and vote on final passage today at 5:30 p.m.  Last week, over 120 agricultural organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging them to “finish the farm bill in the next few days.”   The organizations said, “This bill affects 16 million Americans whose livelihoods depend on agriculture. We must pass a farm bill this year to provide certainty to those individuals. We must cut unnecessary spending. We must ensure that consumers will continue to have a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. We must provide an effective farm and natural resource safety net. We must invest in initiatives that boost exports, and spur innovations in new industries.”  Those signing the bill included American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, CoBank, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Producers Council and USA Rice Federation.

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