(Posted Tue. Jul 2nd, 2013)
July 2: Today, the National Corn Growers Association joined 531 other agricultural organizations and companies on a letter to Speaker John Boehner urging consideration of the 2013 farm bill again by the House of Representatives. The letter follows the surprising failure of the House to pass the legislation at the end of June.
“Farm bills represent a delicate balance between America’s farm, nutrition, conservation, and other priorities, and accordingly require strong bipartisan support,” the letter stated. “It is vital for the House to try once again to bring together a broad coalition of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to provide certainty for farmers, rural America, the environment and our economy in general and pass a five-year farm bill upon returning in July.”
The letter also raises concerns about splitting the nutrition title from the rest of the bill, a possibility that Majority Leader Eric Cantor publically announced prior to Congress leaving for the July 4th recess. The letter advises moving a unified farm bill forward to eliminate the possibility that neither farm nor nutrition programs pass.
“NCGA opposes splitting the nutrition title, or any title, from the 2013 farm bill,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. “Splitting will cause further delays, creating even greater uncertainty. America cannot afford another extension of the 2008 farm bill. This simply postpones overdue reforms and savings for the U.S. taxpayer. We have made progress in the Senate on the farm bill and expect Speaker Boehner to bring the legislation back to the House floor as soon as possible.”
To read the entire letter, click here.