Kay Hagen Visits NC Farm Promoting Passage of Farm Bill
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan visited J.P. Davenport & Son Farm in Greenville to talk about the importance of approving a Farm Bill. In June, Hagan helped pass a bipartisan Senate Farm Bill that contained major victories for North Carolina farmers. The Senate and House of Representatives must agree on a Farm Bill before the current law expires on September 30. Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, generating $77 billion in economic activity and employing nearly one-fifth of the state’s workforce. The bipartisan Farm Bill that the Senate approved represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. The bill eliminates direct payments and creates new safety net programs for farmers. Instead of subsidies that pay out every year even in good times, the bill creates risk management tools that help farmers recover from losses caused by extreme weather.