House Passes Partial Farm Bill

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a partial farm bill on a party-line vote (216-208).  The bill, H.R. 2642, reflects the non-nutrition titles of the Committee passed farm bill (H.R. 1947) with the related amendments which passed the House in June.  With the House passage of this bill, it now becomes eligible for Conference with the Senate, which passed a farm bill that included a nutrition title earlier this year.  The House may also consider a bill containing the nutrition title later this month.

Congressmen Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, and Steve Womack voted in favor of this measure as they did during consideration of H.R. 1947 in June.  Congressman Tom Cotton switched his vote in favor of this bill after voting against H.R. 1947.  H.R. 1947 failed in the House with a vote of 195-234 when it was up for consideration.

AGRICULTURAL COUNCIL OF ARKANSAS STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 2642

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 11, 2013

STATEMENT ON HOUSES PASSAGE OF PARTIAL FARM BILL

The Agricultural Council of Arkansas was glad to see the House of Representatives make progress on the farm bill.  While we were disappointed that the House was unable to pass the Committee passed farm bill (H.R. 1947), we are pleased that the House was able to advance the non-nutrition titles of that farm bill, which will allow for the House and Senate to move to Conference.  We hope the House and Senate will work together to provide a Conference Report that will contribute to deficit reduction, offer sufficient safety nets for farmers and low income Americans, and provide the certainty of a five-year law.

We appreciate the continued support of this legislation from Arkansas Congressmen Rick Crawford, Steve Womack, and Tim Griffin.  They understand that this bill is critical for Arkansas farmers, businesses and consumers.  We also appreciate Congressman Cotton for changing his vote in support of this bill.  We hope we can continue to count on the support of the entire Arkansas Congressional Delegation going forward.

It’s important for Arkansas farmers to have the certainty of a five-year farm bill that contributes to deficit reduction and provides a safety net for farmers.  Without the certainty of a farm bill, farmers will struggle in their ability to make the long-term investments and other production decisions necessary to continue growing a safe and affordable food and fiber supply for consumers.

About the Agricultural Council of Arkansas

The Agricultural Council of Arkansas (ACA) is a non-profit trade association committed to telling the story of row crop agriculture in Arkansas, advocating on behalf of the agriculture industry, and improving rural economies.

The ACA has promoted agriculture and advocated on behalf of Arkansas farmers since 1939.

The ACA’s membership is composed of family farms, agriculture related businesses, and others supportive of agriculture in Arkansas.

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