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Groups React to 2014 Farm Bill Language

Conservation, grain and other interest groups outline hits and misses of the proposed 2014 farm bill

Published on: Jan 29, 2014

Groups on Tuesday offered opinions on the hits and misses in the language of the 2014 farm bill, which was released by the lead negotiators on the conference committee late Monday.

Several groups stepped up immediately to offer support to the bill, highlighting risk management program reform.

"We're especially pleased the legislation provides an adequate and flexible farm safety net as well as a strong federal crop insurance program," noted National Corn Growers President Martin Barbre.

The new bill also includes an option for farmers to participate in a modified Agriculture Risk Coverage program, he pointed out, a NCGA priority.

Conservation, grain and other interest groups outline hits and misses of the proposed 2014 farm bill
Conservation, grain and other interest groups outline hits and misses of the proposed 2014 farm bill

American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman highlighted provisions that would provide risk management offerings to fruit and vegetable farmers and will support livestock farmers during disasters. AFBF, too, urged quick passage of the bill.

Also urging the House and Senate to vote for the bill, American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser said the framework suits the interests of soybean growers.

"The bill establishes practical risk management programs that will protect us in difficult times. That's been our top priority from day one," said Gaesser. "But beyond that, we support this bill because it strengthens crop insurance; includes a streamlining and optimizing of conservation programs; funds critical energy and agricultural research initiatives; and invests in the trade development programs that are so critical to the soybean industry."

The bill also secures several other ASA priorities, including agricultural research programs like the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative and the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, as well as the Foreign Market Development Program and Foreign Market Access Program.