What is in this article?:
- House farm bill goes down 195-234.
- A loser despite Republican leadership backing.
- Aftermath includes finger-pointing, accusations.
Agriculture groups respond
The response of agriculture groups largely struck the same chord.
“The American Farm Bureau Federation is highly disappointed the House did not complete work on the 2013 farm bill,” said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It was a balanced bill that would have provided much needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers…
“A completed farm bill is much needed to provide farmers and ranchers certainty for the coming years and to allow the USDA to plan for an orderly implementation of the bill’s provisions.”
National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson said the House “has let down rural America. We are deeply disappointed that the House voted against the best interests of family farmers and rural America.”
“The National Corn Growers Association is extremely disappointed to see the House of Representatives fail to pass the 2013 farm bill,” said NCGA president Pam Johnson. “Up to the last minute our organization has actively and consistently called for passage of the legislation.”
Danny Murphy, American Soybean Association president and Mississippi farmer, said the failure “leaves the entire food and agriculture sector in the lurch. Once again, the nation’s soybean farmers and the 23 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture are left holding the bag.
“This bill would have reinforced the farm safety net, promoted our products in foreign markets, strengthened the fast-growing biodiesel industry, enhanced conservation programs; not to mention the stable, affordable and safe supply of food, feed, fiber and fuel that it would have ensured for all Americans; all while addressing our collective fiscal and budgetary obligations. Now, none of those benefits can be realized and a debilitating uncertainty extends from farmers to consumers as we all face the expiration of farm bill programs on Sept. 30.”