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Commissioner Hugh Weathers Calls for Bi-partisan Support of a Farm Bill

Last week final passage of the 2013 Farm Bill failed with a 195-234 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Farmers across the nation rely on the stability a farm bill provides. Therefore, passage of a comprehensive farm bill is vital to maintaining the American agricultural landscape.

Two U.S. Representatives from South Carolina, Representatives Tom Rice and Joe Wilson, voted in favor of the bill.

"I commend and thank Representative Rice and Representative Wilson for supporting the 2013 Farm Bill. Our farmers need the agricultural direction a farm bill offers to help balance the inevitable risks of the industry that feeds the nation. Moving forward, I encourage South Carolina's other U.S. Representatives to focus on the bill's agricultural merits and to maintain the traditional bi-partisan nature for creation of a farm bill," said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.

Commissioner Weathers urges all South Carolinians to thank those members of Congress who supported the 2013 Farm Bill and to encourage the other members to see the importance of such a bill. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.