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IFB statement on the failure of the House to pass a farm bill

Indiana Farm Bureau is disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a comprehensive farm bill this afternoon.

We are grateful to those members of the Indiana delegation – Reps. Jackie Walorski, Todd Rokita, Susan Brooks, Luke Messer, Larry Bucshon and Todd Young – who supported the measure and the much-needed risk management tools the bill contained. We are disappointed that Reps. Andre Carson, Pete Visclosky and Marlin Stutzman chose not to support a bill that is critical to the continued success of Indiana farmers.

The more than 14,000 farmers in Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District rely on the safety-net provided by risk management programs contained in the proposed legislation. The provisions for the conservation, energy and rural development titles of the proposed farm bill benefit citizens and communities throughout Indiana, including many in the mostly urban 1st and 7th Congressional Districts.

Since the beginning of the current farm bill debate, Indiana farmers have been supportive of efforts to reduce federal spending by curtailing some farm bill programs, specifically direct payments. On the heels of the worst drought in decades, it is more apparent than ever that crop insurance works. Even under these dire circumstances, farmers did not have to come to Congress and ask for disaster assistance.

We understand that this piece of legislation isn’t perfect, but very few comprehensive proposals are. Farm Bureau believes securing a strong safety-net is critical for the future of Indiana’s farmers and will continue to work for reforms that reduce spending and protect farmers when they need it most.