Klobuchar and Peterson: House needs to take action before current Farm Bill expires on September 30U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Collin Peterson joined the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau at a rally this week calling on the House of Representatives to swiftly pass a five-year Farm Bill; the current Farm Bill expires on September 30.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Collin Peterson joined the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau at a rally this week calling on the House of Representatives to swiftly pass a five-year Farm Bill; the current Farm Bill expires on September 30.
Senator Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and worked to craft the five-year, 2012 Farm Bill which passed the Senate in June with bipartisan support. Representative Peterson is the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee, which passed a bipartisan farm bill in July that has yet to receive a vote in the House.
“This critical legislation will help preserve and strengthen the farm safety net and includes vital livestock disaster programs to support producers during drought,” Klobuchar said. “It is time for the House to take action and pass this five-year Farm Bill so our farmers and ranchers can have the continuity they need to thrive and succeed.”
“I simply can’t understand why the Republican Leaders in the House won’t take yes for an answer. House Leaders are choosing to play politics rather than bringing the bipartisan five-year farm bill to the floor before September 30,” Peterson said. “The farm economy is one part of the economy that’s actually doing well and has been solid through the past few tough years due, in part I believe, to the strong 2008 Farm Bill. We should not jeopardize one of our nation’s economic bright spots. Everyone - farmers and consumers - needs to call their Representatives and urge passage of a five-year farm bill.”
The 2012 Farm Bill that passed the Senate in June strengthens the crop insurance program and also reauthorizes livestock disaster programs such as the Livestock Indemnity Program, which compensates ranchers at a rate of 75 percent of market value for livestock mortality caused by a disaster, and the Emergency Disaster Loan Program, which provides producers with low interest loans when a county has been declared a federal disaster area.
The Farm Bill also includes provisions supporting farmers and ranchers, including provisions to help beginning farmers and ranchers gain better access to the critical crop insurance program as well as land for grazing cattle, as well as a provision requiring a feasibility study for insuring swine producers against catastrophic losses.