Monday, April 02, 2007

House SubCommittee Reviews Farm Bill

The House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities as begun review of the farm bill.

“Today we heard in detail from major commodity groups about what their members would like to see in the next Farm Bill and what they think of other proposals being offered,” said Chairman Etheridge. “In general, the framework of the current farm safety net for program crops enjoys strong support in farm country. Given the declining budget baseline for farm programs, the Subcommittee will have to work in a bipartisan manner if we want to further build upon the strong fundamental structure of that is already in place.”

“For rural areas, the farm bill is the single most important piece of legislation Congress will consider this year,” said Subcommittee Ranking Member Jerry Moran of Kansas. “It was good to see such a broad representation of American agriculture in one place today. Agriculture across this nation is diverse and while each organization may have a different perspective on how to improve the commodity title of the farm bill, we can all agree that maintaining a strong and vibrant agriculture industry in the United States is essential to the well-being of our nation.”

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