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Farm Bureau glad to see help for farmers

JACKSON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a farm-only version of the Farm Bill yesterday afternoon by a vote of 216-208. Mississippi Farm Bureau President Randy Knight said that although this turn of events on the path to a new Farm Bill was unusual, he is glad to see progress finally made on the bill.

“Our farmers needed a Farm Bill passed, and they needed it passed now, in whatever form we could get a safety net,” he said.  “Farm Bureau certainly appreciates the work Congressman Nunnelee, Congressman Harper, and Congressman Palazzo have done to get this bill passed. I have often visited with these men in Washington, D.C., on issues related to the Farm Bill, and I’ve always been impressed with their willingness to listen to and work with Mississippi farmers. I hope the progress continues, and we have a final product before the September 30 deadline.”

The Senate approved its version of the Farm Bill in early June, and the two chambers will now conference to come up with a final version. Senator Thad Cochran has said he is pleased the House passed the bill, and he looks forward to working with Chairwoman Stabenow and others to address the differences between the two farm bills.

 

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