US Senator Kay Hagen Outlines a Few Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Attributes

Senators Feinstein of California and John McCain of Arizona are sponsors on an amendment to the Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill to eliminate crop insurance eligibility for tobacco. US Senator Kay Hagan from North Carolina:

“I strongly oppose this amendment. Tobacco is a legal crop in the US and it should be treated as any other legal crop. Amendments like this one do nothing to reduce tobacco consumption. What it really would do is ensure that we would import more tobacco from overseas. Eliminating national crop insurance for tobacco will make it impossible for our farmers to get financing from banks.”

But, the senate version has provisions for peanuts, which Hagen is pleased about, but parts of the amendment concern the senator:

“Right now the bill includes a new program that would provide payments to peanut growers if prices fall below $523.77 a ton. So I like the fact that there is a peanut program in the bill, but I’m concerned about that price.”

Hagan fears that price for Virginia type peanuts would create a market distortion.

Hagen has introduced an amendment herself to assist farmers with the overall farm bill:

“A plain language amendment that I introduced last year into the farm bill. Our farmers are going to be looking at many changes taking place in this 2013 farm bill and I want to be sure that they are able to make informed decisions about crop insurance. The plain language amendment is to spell things out so that farmers don’t have to go to attorneys to interpret the information.”

Hagan explains that there’s a measure in the senate ag committee’s version of the bill to help bring the textile industry back to the United States:
 

"There is also funding for an economic adjustment assistance program which is vital for our textile and cotton producing sectors. It is to stimulate new investment in textile plants and manufacturing equipment which results in increasing domestic cotton consumption and increase jobs.”


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