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July 2, 2013

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IFB joins 532 groups asking to bring the farm bill back to the House

Indiana Farm Bureau is among a group of 532 organizations that today urged House leadership to bring the farm bill back to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible. The groups also urged against splitting the nutrition title from the legislation.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, the vast group – which includes agriculture, conservation, nutrition, rural development, finance, forestry, energy and crop insurance organizations and companies – said passage of the farm bill (H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013) is vital.

“We signed on because this important legislation supports more than just our farmers,” said IFB President Don Villwock. “It also impacts forest owners, food security, natural resources and wildlife habitats, rural communities, and the nearly 190,000 Hoosiers whose jobs depend on the agriculture industry.”

“Farm bills represent a delicate balance between America’s farm, nutrition, conservation, and other priorities, and accordingly require strong bipartisan support,” the letter stated. “It is vital for the House to try once again to bring together a broad coalition of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to provide certainty for farmers, rural America, the environment and our economy in general and pass a five-year farm bill upon returning in July.”

The groups also stood in united support for keeping the farm bill intact, noting that splitting the nutrition title from the rest of the bill could result in neither farm nor nutrition programs passing.

Current law expires again on Sept. 30, 2013.

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