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Farm Bill passes Senate, heads to President

JACKSON – After three years of work, a farm bill is now on its way to President Obama for his signature. The Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 today by a margin of 68-31.  Both of Mississippi’s senators voted in favor of the bill.

“Speaking for the farmers of Mississippi, I want to thank Senators Cochran and Wicker for helping get this important legislation passed,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau President Randy Knight. “The safety net that this bill provides will help the farmers of this state invest confidently in their farming operations in the future. That in turn will help to stimulate the economies of the communities in which they live.”

The bill does provide additional risk management tools for grain, livestock, and fruit and vegetable farmers while still saving taxpayers about $23 billion over 10 years.

“Farmers need to have some stability in this high-risk business of agriculture,” Knight stated. “This legislation helps our farmers put together a five-year plan to manage their risk.”

The president has indicated that he will sign the legislation but has given no indication of when that might happen.

 

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