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NC Farm Bureau Relieved there’s now a Farm Bill

It seems like it’s been in the works forever, but in reality it’s been about two years….we have a farm bill.  Larry Wooten, president of North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation:

“Hopefully we will see it dragged across the finish line and the President will sign it.”

Wooten states in plain English what has taken so long to get a bill to the president’s desk:

“From the agriculture stand point, except for a few tweeks especially on the commodity title, we could have passed the same thing two years ago. The debate on this farm bill has been centered around the nutrition title and what the cuts will be to food stamps.”

While the bill has been hashed out in the news repeatedly, there’s still a few unknowns says Wooten:

“As we look at the commodity title, there will be some decisions that farmers will have to make when we fully understand all the specifics and how they relate to crop insurance and what portion of the safety net that you are willing to purchase or how high up you are willing to pay to be engaged in the program.”

There’s also some unknowns in the commodity title says Wooten:

“We are just hopeful to get it passed so that our staff can really digest it and break it out. We will be putting in on our website with some of the specifics of the commodity title and how it can impact farmers.”

But, all in all, good, bad or indifferent, Wooten says it’s good to have something to plan with:

“Hopefully the debate will be over and whatever it is, our farmers will be able to adjust. Hopefully it will continue to provide stability for American agriculture.”

The 2014 farm bill should be on the president’s desk for immediate signature before the end of the week.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.