In an astonishing move to push a bill forward, the U.S. House of Representatives managed Thursday to pass H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, excluding the nutrition title.

Democrats spent most of the day employing procedural tactics to slow debate and delay a vote on final passage, yet leadership still managed to garner enough votes to move the bill forward by a vote of 216-208.

The revised bill included every title except the highly debated nutrition title and included amendment provisions that passed when the bill was brought to the floor the week of June 17.

It also repealed the1938 and 1949 permanent farm laws with new Title I language.

Farm groups were quick to respond.

National Sorghum Producers

National Sorghum Producers Chairman Terry Swanson released the following statement in response to the bill’s passage:

“While the road leading to this point in the farm bill process is unconventional, National Sorghum Producers supports the revised bill that was before Congress today and thanks the Members of the House of Representatives for passing the bill.

“We stand behind the leadership of Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and his decision to move forward in this way as a means to getting a bill to conference committee that will ultimately result in a comprehensive, five-year farm bill.”