Alabama farmers will be well represented on a committee charged with sorting out differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill.

U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers and Martha Roby, both Republicans from Alabama, were appointed to the conference committee last week by House Speaker John Boehner.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said the announcement is good news for the state’s $70 billion a year agriculture industry.

“We are proud to have two members of Alabama’s congressional delegation serving on this important committee,” Parnell said. “Representatives Rogers and Roby are strong supporters of Alabama agriculture. They understand the urgent need to pass a farm bill so farmers can make planting and financial decisions. We appreciate their work to provide long-term stability for farmers in a way that’s fiscally responsible.”

Rogers and Roby serve on the House Agriculture Committee.

The Senate passed a farm bill in June. The House later passed its version, which separated farm programs from nutrition spending.

Roby said the appointment of House conferees is a positive step toward finalizing the farm bill.

“For almost three years we’ve been working on a new farm bill that would meet this country’s agricultural and economic needs while enacting long-needed reforms to farm and food stamp policy. I’m pleased that the process is moving forward,” Roby said.