After nearly two weeks of commendable effort, the Senate moved for full passage of their version of the 2012 Farm Bill, S.3240 or the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, by a 64-35 vote.
NAWG President Erik Younggren, farmer from Hallock, Minn., commended the Senate for moving forward with the legislation.
“This will provide policy certainty for hundreds of thousands of U.S. farmers and one in 12 American job earners who rely on agriculture,” he said.
“This bill is about standing up for our nation’s farmers, our small businesses, our manufacturers, our exporters and others whose livelihoods depend on us getting the policy right,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
In addition to reauthorizing the nation’s food and farm programs, the chamber’s version calls on the Office of Management and Budget and the Pentagon to report on how sequestration expected in January 2013 will be implemented.
“American agriculture and those who depend on it around the globe need a Farm Bill,” said Senate Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).
“They need to know what to expect from the federal government to make planning decisions, to be assured of a safe and affordable food supply, and to know that their businesses and families will have the opportunity to thrive. I take this responsibility seriously.”
Efforts to reauthorize farm and food programs this year now turn to the House of Representatives who are expected to hold a committee mark up of their version of the bill after the fourth of July recess.
More about NAWG’s farm bill work is at www.wheatworld.org/farmbill.