Better late than never, Congress passes Farm Bill - KOTA Territory News

Better late than never, Congress passes Farm Bill

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After two years of squabbling, stalling and just plain inertia, Congress sends a new Farm Bill to the president to be signed into law.

Tuesday, the Senate approved the $1 trillion spending bill by a 68-32 vote.  Both South Dakota's senators supported the bill and gave the following statements:

"After several years of fits and starts, I'm incredibly pleased that at last we've crossed the finish line," Senator Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota), said.

"With today's vote, we finally have programs and funding in place to help ranchers hit by the Atlas blizzard, we can give producers some long-term certainty about the safety net that will be available to them over the next five years, we're protecting our natural resources, we're continuing to feed the hungry, and we're continuing to inform consumers about the origin of their food, all while reducing the deficit.  This is a good bill, and the President should sign it into law quickly."

"Today's passage of the 2014 Farm Bill is a significant win for South Dakota farmers and ranchers as it includes critical livestock assistance and a secure crop insurance program," Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), added.

"Every year our agriculture producers harvest the highest quality, lowest cost food supply in the world at great financial risk, and they deserve the certainty that comes with a new five-year Farm Bill and sound crop insurance. In particular, ranchers who are coping with significant 2012 grazing losses and the devastating livestock losses from last October's winter storm Atlas will receive much-needed disaster assistance through the Livestock Forage Program and Livestock Indemnity Program, which I first authored in the 2008 Farm Bill. This assistance was critical to helping South Dakota ranchers through past disasters, and I worked to ensure this assistance will not expire under the new Farm Bill."

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