MOFB President Hurst to Congress: Pass The Farm Bill

Statement of Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Regarding H.R. 2642, the 2014 Farm Bill Conference Report

Missouri Farm Bureau is urging the state’s congressional delegation to support passage of H.R. 2642.  Writing a new farm bill has been a difficult and frustrating process to say the least, and we are ready for Congress to put a new five-year plan in place and move on. 

As a general farm organization, we have looked at the farm bill’s impact on all sectors.  We contend the conference report before Congress is a net positive.  Dairy farmers have been pushing for an overhaul in federal programs since 2009.  Livestock producers have been waiting on drought aid since 2012.  Both issues are resolved in the new farm bill.

In two months Missouri’s spring planting season will be underway, beginning with corn in Southeast Missouri. H.R. 2642 strengthens the federal crop insurance program and gives commodity program options to producers.

While the bill isn’t perfect, it will provide certainty--something farmers and ranchers haven’t had for a year and a half.  Furthermore, at a time when Washington needs to cut spending, the 2014 Farm Bill will save about $23 billion over 10 years, primarily through reforms in the commodity and nutrition titles. 

We hope our congressional delegation will be unified in voting in favor of the Farm Bill and sending it to the President for his signature

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