The U.S. Senate took an important step in securing the future and stability of American agriculture today by approving its version of a new five-year farm bill, said Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson.
BLOOMINGTON, ILL. —
“We’re extremely pleased to see the Senate pass a farm bill that achieves federal budget savings, protects revenue and streamlines conservation programs consistent with IFB farm policy goals,” Nelson said.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate farm bill would save $17.9 billion over ten years.
Additionally, Nelson said Illinois Farm Bureau is pleased to see enhanced crop insurance provisions in S. 954, the Agriculture Reform and risk Management Act of 2013.
“Crop insurance is essential for effective risk management and a stable food supply,” Nelson said. “After last year’s historic drought, the need for crop insurance is more apparent than ever, especially with no federal agricultural disaster relief programs in place. Senators have done the right thing in passing a bill that makes crop insurance the cornerstone of U.S. farm policy.”
During Senate farm bill debate over the past two weeks, members of Illinois Farm Bureau reached out to the state’s two U.S. Senators to oppose harmful crop insurance amendments and to encourage the Senate to keep the bill’s approval process moving. The affirmative vote in the Senate sends a strong positive signal to the U.S. House to complete its work on a five-year farm bill. It is anticipated that the House will consider its version of the bill (H.R. 1947) later this month.
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 400,000 and a voting membership of more than 82,000. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.