Farm Bill passes with 68 to 32 vote

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On Tuesday, the Senate passed a new five-year Farm Bill by a vote of 68 to 32.  The nearly 1,000 page bill passed after sailing through the House last week by a vote of 251-166. A nearly $1 trillion Farm Bill will allow farmers to take advantage of a new crop insurance program, will cut roughly $16 billion in governmental spending over the next decade and will set policy over agricultural subsidies and nutrition programs.

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said she is proud of the bipartisan deal that both sides were able to reach. “Many people said this would never happen in this environment, but Congress has come together to pass a major bipartisan jobs bill.”

The final legislation will cut food stamps by $8 billion over the next ten year. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this change will reduce benefits to an estimated 850,000 households nationwide.

President Obama is scheduled to sign the bill on Friday at Michigan State University. Michigan is the home state of Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow.

AFBF statement on passing of the Farm Bill.

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Farm Bureau members travel to Washington, D.C.

President Bob Stallman speaks to Farm Bureau Members during their visit to the American Farm Bureau Federation offices on Tuesday, March 13th.

President Bob Stallman speaks to Farm Bureau Members during their visit to the American Farm Bureau Federation offices on Tuesday, March 13th.

Each March, Delaware Farm Bureau staff, members and leaders travel to Washington, D.C. to speak with our Congressional Delegation about ongoing issues impacting the ag industry in the State of Delaware. This year, the group had the pleasure of also visiting the American Farm Bureau Federation offices and speaking with AFBF President Bob Stallman. The group, traveled to D.C. and was first briefed by President Stallman, he was then followed by Danielle Quist (Senior Counsel for Public Policy), Cody Lyon (Director, Grassroots/Political Advocacy) and Dale Moore (Director, Public Policy).

After a short visit to Union Station for lunch, the group traveled to the Capitol Visitor’s Center to meet with Delaware’s Congressional Delegation. U.S. Senator Thomas Carper, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, along with Congressman John Carney have been huge supporters of the Delaware Farm Bureau and the ag industry. They spoke to members on issues including the passing of a new Farm Bill, the looming sequester and various health care issues.