Support for 2013 Farm Bill Strong, But Action Likely to be Slow

Agriculture leaders in Congress vigorously asserted this week their intentions to pursue a 2013 Farm Bill, though formal work in committee is unlikely to start before spring.

A placeholder bill for a to-be-negotiated Senate farm bill was one of 10 dropped by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) this week in a symbolic move meant to show Senate leaders' priorities. He also mentioned the measure on the floor of the Senate, which drew praise from Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

"I applaud Sen. Reid's leadership and commitment to getting a five-year farm bill done to provide certainty to the 16 million Americans working in agriculture," Stabenow said in a written statement, noting the $23 billion in savings achieved in the farm bill passed by the Senate during the 112th Congress.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) similarly expressed his commitment to a long-term bill, saying in a statement that, "As we renew efforts to complete a five-year comprehensive farm bill, I pledge to work with the Secretary [of Agriculture], my House and Senate colleagues, and all interested parties to advance a fiscally responsible, reform-minded, and balanced farm bill this year.

Courtesy: National Association of Wheat Growers


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