By a vote of 195 to 234, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday rejected the Federal Agriculture Reform and risk Management Act.

Response was immediate:

National Cotton Council

The farm legislation rejected by the House would have provided a predictable, long-term safety net while saving more than $40 billion over the next 10 years; reforming and streamlining programs; and providing a basis for the resolution of a long- standing trade dispute.

National Cotton Council Chairman Jimmy Dodson, a South Texas cotton producer, said, "U.S. farmers need a stable, long- term policy in order to continue to make the substantial investments necessary to continue to adopt new technology necessary to provide safe, affordable food and fiber to U.S. processors and consumers and to maintain competitiveness in world markets. The U.S. cotton industry is deeply disappointed that the House failed to approve the legislation approved by the Agriculture Committee on a strong bipartisan vote after two years of extensive debate and consideration hundreds of amendments."

"The cotton industry is deeply grateful to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and many Cotton Belt members for their tireless efforts to develop and promote approval of this important legislation which would have eliminated the uncertainty associated with one-year extensions.

"The industry also is grateful that during the debate, the House rejected proposals to apply income tests and limitations on crop insurance and rejected a proposal to terminate the highly effective export promotion program (MAP) but is disappointed the House approved a proposal to add more qualifications and further tightened a limitation on farm program benefits delivered by USDA's Farm Service Agency."

The House Agriculture Committee and the full House thoroughly debated more than 200 amendments during the legislation's development. NCC Chairman Dodson said Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson are to be commended for the open process under which the legislation was developed and debated.

The cotton industry urges House leaders to allow the bipartisan farm bill produced by the Agriculture Committee to be reconsidered by the full House so that a Conference Committee can resolve differences between their respective bills and a new farm law can be enacted before the expiration of current law.

NCGA

National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives failing to pass the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (2013 farm bill):

“The National Corn Growers Association is extremely disappointed to see the House of Representatives fail to pass the 2013 farm bill.  Up to the last minute our organization has actively and consistently called for passage of the legislation. We will be engaged in all efforts needed to secure passage in the House and bring the bill to Conference.”

ASA

The American Soybean Association (ASA) voiced its extreme disappointment and frustration this afternoon following a vote by the House of Representatives to reject the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.

With a vote of 195 to 234, the farm bill failed to pass the House following two days of debate. ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss, issued the following statement on today’s development:

“Today’s failure leaves the entire food and agriculture sector in the lurch. Once again, the nation’s soybean farmers and the 23 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture are left holding the bag.

“This bill would have reinforced the farm safety net, promoted our products in foreign markets, strengthened the fast-growing biodiesel industry, enhanced conservation programs; not to mention the stable, affordable and safe supply of food, feed, fiber and fuel that it would have ensured for all Americans; all while addressing our collective fiscal and budgetary obligations.

“Now, none of those benefits can be realized and a debilitating uncertainty extends from farmers to consumers as we all face the expiration of farm bill programs on Sept. 30.

“It is incumbent on both Republicans and Democrats to find a way forward for American agriculture.”

Farm Bureau

“The American Farm Bureau Federation is highly disappointed the House did not complete work on the 2013 farm bill, the ‘Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.’ It was a balanced bill that would have provided much needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers.

“We commend House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) for their commitment and hard work in bringing the bill to the floor and working toward its passage. We look forward to working with them as we regroup and move forward. We also appreciate House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for working with the Agriculture Committee leadership to bring the bill to the floor.

“A completed farm bill is much needed to provide farmers and ranchers certainty for the coming years and to allow the Agriculture Department to plan for an orderly implementation of the bill’s provisions.”