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January 29, 2014                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Congressional delegation praised by Farm Bureau

JACKSON – All four of Mississippi’s members of the U. S. House of Representatives are to be commended for their vote to get the much needed farm bill passed. The Agricultural Act of 2014 passed the House of Representatives this morning and now goes to the Senate for their vote.

“Our farmers need this bill passed so that they can make arrangements to get their crops in the ground this spring,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau President Randy Knight. “Without a farm bill, ag lenders are reluctant to issue production loans to farmers because of the great risk of a weather related crop failure and no safety net in place.  This farm bill provides that safety net.”

This bi-partisan piece of legislation includes major spending reforms including an expanded crop insurance program that will ensure that farmers have protection against catastrophic losses beyond their control.

Knight said he is pleased that all of Mississippi’s House delegation have supported the farm bill because that bill supports the farmers of our state that provide the food, fiber, and fuel that we all use every day. Agriculture contributed over seven billion dollars to the Mississippi economy in 2013.

“Representatives Nunnelee, Harper, Thompson, and Palazzo have shown great bi-partisan support for our state’s farmers and Farm Bureau appreciates their efforts to help bring this important piece of legislation to the finish line,” said Knight.

The bill now goes to the U. S. Senate which has twice passed the farm bill with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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