Statement from Ohio Farm Bureau on Senate passage of farm bill

For Immediate Release

June 21, 2012

“The U.S. Senate is to be commended for completing its version of the 2012 Farm Bill. Ohio farmers need ample time to adjust to the new law, and the Senate’s timely action is appreciated. We encourage the House to move expeditiously as well.

Numerous Ohio Farm Bureau priorities are included in the Senate version: a strengthening of risk management tools, an emphasis on conservation and support for research and rural development.

Additionally the bill reduces the cost to taxpayers by more than $23 billion. Ninety-six unnecessary programs and authorizations are eliminated. The bill represents major reform and deficit reduction.

It’s noteworthy that this farm bill is the product of bipartisan efforts. The bill contains significant and difficult reforms, an accomplishment that should not be understated in the current political climate.

Ohio Farm Bureau also thanks Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, for his key contributions to the process and for supporting final passage.

OFBF will work closely with Ohio’s members of the House to finalize their version of the legislation.”


CONTACT: Joe Cornely

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