Senate passes Farm Bill; heads to Obama’s desk

WASHINGTON — After three years of work, a Farm Bill is now on its way to President Obama for his signature.

The Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 yesterday by a margin of 68-32. Both of Mississippi’s senators — Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker — voted in favor of the bill.

“Speaking for the farmers of Mississippi, I want to thank Sens. Cochran and Wicker for helping get this important legislation passed,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau President Randy Knight. “The safety net that this bill provides will help the farmers of this state invest confidently in their farming operations in the future. That in turn will help to stimulate the economies of the communities in which they live.”

Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said the nation will benefit from the certainty created with passage of a five-year farm bill that improves and reforms agricultural policies, while also driving down government spending.

Cochran was among the four principal negotiators who hammered out the Agricultural Act of 2014 (HR.2642).

“The new Farm Bill sets an improved course for U.S. agriculture production, one that should make our farmers and ranchers more competitive as they supply the food and fiber that Americans and people throughout the world have come to rely on,” Cochran said.

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