Senate passes Farm Bill; heads to Obama’s desk
by MBJ Staff
Published: February 5,2014
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.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- DAVID DALLAS: You say “Obama”, I say “Ebola”
- Judge gets more time to fight efforts to remove him from office
- Voters to decide whether hunting, fishing is constitutional right
- MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Andrew Adams helps grow Addicus
- Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula
- Coast cleanup nets 1,600 bags of trash — and a watermelon patch
- State's bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials
- Number of visitors to Natchez Trace makes big jump
- MISSISSIPPI RISING: Time to sell the image
- Epidemiologist: State's hospitals can identify, isolate Ebola cases