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'No One's Ideal Scenario' As House Approves Farm Bill

July 11, 2013
By: Nate Birt, Top Producer Deputy Managing Editor google + 
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Following U.S. House approval of a farm bill without food stamps, agricultural organizations and legislators appear to agree more legislative work is needed.

The following is a sample of remarks issued after Thursday's vote along partisan lines.

(Click to read more: Farm Bill Approved Minus Food Stamps in House)

"The situation this legislation is in is no one's ideal scenario. However, we have faith our ag leaders will continue their diligent efforts to get in place the safety net our farmers and all consumers need, and we stand ready to help them do so." -Bing Von Bergen, president, National Assocation of Wheat Growers

"Despite our opposition today, IFB will continue to play a constructive role in the farm bill debate. We urge House leadership to appoint conferees and encourage all parties to work in good faith to enact a mutually acceptable, bipartisan five-year farm bill that provides long sought after policy certainty for farmers and consumers alike." -Philip Nelson, president, Illinois Farm Bureau

"ASA is relieved that we will finally see a conference on the farm bill. However today's approval by the House on a partial bill will mean nothing if we can't get a bill back from conference that both chambers will pass. In that sense, there is still much work to be done." -Danny Murphy, president, American Soybean Association

"Today, the House took the first step in the long process of putting a full, five-year Farm Bill in place. This is not a perfect bill, nor is this approach my first choice. However, more than anything Arkansas must have a Farm Bill in place. Passage of this measure puts us one step closer in getting to conference with the Senate, where I hope to continue to influence the debate in a way that represents our state’s best interests." -Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR)

"The bill passed by the House today is not a real Farm Bill and is an insult to rural America, which is why it’s strongly opposed by more than 500 farm, food and conservation groups. We will go to conference with the bipartisan, comprehensive Farm Bill that was passed in the Senate that not only reforms programs, supports families in need and creates agriculture jobs, but also saves billions more than the extremely flawed House bill." -Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

"While we were hopeful the farm bill would not be split, nor permanent law repealed, we will now focus our efforts on working with lawmakers to deliver a farm bill to the president’s desk for his signature by September." -Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Federation

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