The recent passage of farm bills in both the U.S. Senate and House Ag Committees, literally within hours of each other on Tuesday and Wednesday, is welcomed by North Dakota Farmers Union.
“Farmers need the certainty of a farm bill and the rapid action by both halls of Congress moves us closer to having a farm bill signed into law by Sept. 30,” said NDFU President Woody Barth.
“We are pleased with the family farmer and rancher provisions contained in the Senate Ag Committee bill which includes $800 million in mandatory funding for the energy title. Both are a reflection of Sen. Heitkamp and Sen. Hoeven’s efforts to protect and provide a strong safety net for North Dakota farm and ranch families. We are fortunate to have them both on the Senate Ag Committee,” Barth said.
The House version of the farm bill includes language that also provides protections to family farmers when disasters strike or prices collapse, but does not include mandatory funding for renewable energy programs to support domestically-produced fuels.
“As both bills now move to the floor, it will be more important than ever to craft legislation that provides a strong safety net for producers – protecting them in times of disaster or long-term price collapse – and funds a renewable energy program that lessens America’s dependence on foreign oil,” he said.Share