With a vote of 66 to 27, the United States Senate voted to pass the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, better known as the 2013 Farm Bill. The focus now shifts to the House of Representatives, where work is reportedly scheduled to begin next week. Passing a comprehensive, five-year farm bill is the top priority for the American Soybean Association (ASA), whose president, Danny Murphy, issued the following statement:

“The Senate has again shown admirable dedication to passing a new farm bill that will provide certainty for soybean farmers and our fellow members of the agriculture community,” says Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss. “The bill passed represents many of ASA’s priorities and is a critical step toward strengthening the farm safety net, protecting planting flexibility, improving conservation, bolstering exports and feeding our nation’s hungry.

The revenue-based Agriculture Risk Coverage Program, designed to complement producers’ individual crop insurance policies, will provide protection against multi-year price and production declines that adjusts with the marketplace.  This signature reform, coupled with a strong federal crop insurance program, will result in substantial budget savings for taxpayers and more effective risk management tools for corn growers, said a release issued by the National Corn Growers Association.

 

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“This legislation is long overdue and our work is still not done,” says Pam Johnson, NCGA president. “Our focus now turns to the House of Representatives with hopes that they schedule floor time to consider the legislation as soon as possible. We look forward to continuing to partner with agriculture advocates to pass a new common-sense, reform-minded farm bill.”

This approved farm bill calls for a number of meaningful reform measures that would cut costs while increasing efficiencies and best management tools to care for our natural resources, including an agreement to tie conservation compliance to crop insurance, supported by a wide coalition of conservation, agriculture, environment and crop insurance groups