Farm Bureau welcomes 2014 farm bill
With passage of the 2014 farm bill, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 7 after more than two years of work, farmers and ranchers from across the nation now have answers about how they can manage the many and varied risks they face in producing food and fiber.
“It’s been a bumpy road for the farm bill over the past several years, with many twists and turns, but farmers never gave up nor lost momentum in working toward its passage,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. “Farm Bureau believes this farm bill will give farmers and ranchers a measure of business certainty for this and coming years, allowing them to better manage risk while carrying out the important business of providing food and jobs for America.”
Stallman credited congressional Agriculture Committee leaders – House Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla.; House Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn.; Senate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; and Senate Ranking Member Thad Cochran, R-Miss. – for their leadership, perseverance and cooperation during what was a long, difficult and politically charged farm bill cycle.
Including the cuts already made through sequestration, the farm bill will save $23 billion over the next 10 years. It will enhance rural economies with additional jobs, invest in research and education and include reform that works for farm and ranch families. Importantly, the bill also provides disaster provisions for livestock producers and fruit and vegetable growers.
Now that it’s been signed into law, the Agricultural Act of 2014 now heads into the implementation phase.