House passes farm bill

This afternoon a paired down version of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, otherwise known as the Farm Bill passed through the House of Representatives and now moves to conference where it will be sure to see more changes.

“The farm bill is a bill that touches every American and it is vital we continue to move forward to get this bill passed,” said Brent Hostetler, president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “Certainly the bill that passed off the House floor has many shortcomings and we look forward to the opportunity of working with the House and Senate to make significant improvements.

“We urge immediate action between the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate to come together to work out their differences to secure a comprehensive and bipartisan farm bill that will receive swift passage. The time has come to get this bill finished.”

The vote was 216-208 in the House.

“After spending a day in Washington, D.C. yesterday and fighting for movement of the 2013 Farm Bill on behalf of Ohio farmers, OSA is pleased to see the farm bill make it to conference. However, we are extremely concerned about the ability to get a version of the bill from conference that will pass both the House and Senate,” said Jerry Bambauer, president of the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA). “OSA, along with the American Soybean Association and many other agricultural organizations, opposed the division of the farm provisions from SNAP. We believe it could slow and possibly prevent passage of the bill.

“OSA and ASA are also opposed to the replacement of permanent law by the legislation resulting from this process as it moves forward. Additionally, we will continue to oppose provisions still included in the bill that distort planting intentions due to target prices as these will become even more difficult to change if made permanent.”

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