Friday, October 26, 2007

Senate Ag Committee Passes Farm Bill

The 2007 Farm Bill made another step forward yesterday with the Senate Ag Committee passing its version and sending it for a vote in the full senate.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today passed by an overwhelming majority the 2007 farm bill, The Food and Energy Security Act. The measure continues and improves farm income protection and makes historic investments for the future in energy, conservation, nutrition and rural development initiatives – all while staying within strict budget limits. Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) today hailed the bill’s passage and thanked membership of the Committee. The bill must now be considered by the full Senate.

“After months of negotiations, we were able to work within a very strict budget allocation to complete our work and pass a farm bill that is good for agriculture, good for rural areas and good for the health of Americans” said Chairman Harkin. “Our Committee was able to use budget offsets and report a bill that makes major investments for the future and is still fiscally responsible. This is a forward-looking farm bill with greatly strengthened initiatives to support renewable energy, conservation, nutrition, rural development and to promote better diets and health for all Americans. It maintains a strong safety net for farm producers, and strengthens programs that will help agricultural producers of all kinds across our nation.

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