SC Ag Commissioner Calls on Farmers to Talk Farm Bill to Congressional Representatives
A week from today the farm bill extension expires and we are no closer to a farm bill than we were this time last year or the year before.
“Last Thursday the House did pass a version of the unaddressed portion of the farm bill – that is the SNAP, the nutrition title, and it now has to be made a part of the full farm bill amendment, which then goes to a conference committee between the House and Senate and I cant say what will happen from there.
The Senate did pass their version of the farm bill several months ago and the House is the sticking point. This is the first time that the farm bill has been subjected to bipartisian. I was disappointed about it and made my thoughts know. Now the compromise process needs to take over in the form of a committee and they need to have something that brings some stability because the amendment for the farm bill is a five year blueprint and it has to be there for the stability that production agriculture needs.
Farmers have to get in touch with their offices to make their needs known. Emails or phone calls to say how farming affects their livelihood and family and they need for the farm bill to be addressed and express their concerns to get a farm bill in place.
Agriculture is playing a big part in curbing the deficit in Washington. The farm bill is a 70% reduction from last time 5 years ago, so when we talk about the deficits, the farmers are doing their part through the farm bill, so we need the legislators to do their part.”