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• 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.
National Grange Legislative Director Grace Boatright issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:
"The Grange is happy that the House finally passed a farm bill, although we have very mixed thoughts about splitting it from the Nutrition Title.
“This is a giant step in the right direction but we're still a long way from getting a full five-year farm bill.
“We believe the Senate will not be very receptive to a farm bill without a Nutrition Title, which includes food stamps, WIC, and school lunch programs.
“But more pressing is the issue of time. There are less than three weeks until Congress takes its August recess, making it increasingly more difficult for members to settle this issue before the Sept. 30 deadline.
“The clock is ticking and the Grange hopes that our legislators on the Hill will be able to reach some sort of agreement soon. If they don't, American agriculture will continue to struggle."
Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance
“The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA) welcomes the House passage of the revised 2013 farm bill today as the next step to enacting a five-year plan for federal agriculture policy.
“We are pleased that both the House and Senate bills address many of the critical priorities outlined by the SCFBA and continue the support of specialty crops that was established in the 2008 farm bill.
“We look forward to working with negotiators to advance legislation through conference committee and to the president’s desk for his signature.
American Farm Bureau Federation
“The American Farm Bureau Federation looks forward to moving ahead with fundamental farm policy legislation, following House passage today of H.R. 2642. While we don’t yet know what the next steps will be, we will be working with both sides of the aisle and both chambers of Congress to ensure passage of a new five-year farm bill.
“While we were hopeful the farm bill would not be split, nor permanent law repealed, we will now focus our efforts on working with lawmakers to deliver a farm bill to the president’s desk for his signature by September.”
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