Officials react to House’s failure to pass Farm Bill

tractorWASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives voted down their version of the 2013 Farm Bill yesterday afternoon by a vote of 234-195.

Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight said that was very disappointing.

“Our farmers need a Farm Bill passed and they need it passed now. Without a Farm Bill, farmers could have trouble getting production loans, equipment loans, or any number of other things that go into running a farming operation,” said Knight. “We certainly appreciate Congressman Nunnelee, Congressman Harper and Congressman Palazzo for working to help pass this bill. Farmers need a safety net through crop insurance to provide protection against catastrophic weather and market changes. The Farm Bill gives Mississippi farmers and ranchers the ability to stay in business.”

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said, “The agriculture community and our economy need the certainty that comes with a five-year Farm Bill. We face a September deadline to provide that certainty, and I am hopeful the House will still be able to come back and pass a bill that can be responsibly conferenced with the farm bill passed by the Senate.”

With a bipartisan 66-27 vote June 10, the Senate approved a Farm Bill. Current federal agriculture programs are operating on a short-term extension that expires Sept. 30.

Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) said, “The Democrats walked away from a bipartisan compromise because they refused to support reforming the out of control food stamp program.”

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