Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday introduced in the 113th Congress the same version of the farm bill that was passed by the Senate last session. “We are encouraged to hear that Sen. Reid is making the farm bill one of several privileged, top priority legislative actions this year,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman in a statement. “This represents real hope for farmers and ranchers that the Senate, like last session, will aggressively move forward on a long-term farm bill to give farmers the risk management certainty we need,” Stallman said.
America’s farmers deserve the policy certainty that a five-year farm bill would provide, Stallman also noted. “We need a flexible, reform-minded bill that draws its key risk management tools from crop insurance provisions. We are encouraged that the process is starting early, and we look forward to working with leaders and committees from both houses and both parties to get this long-term farm bill done,” he said.