The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has approved H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012 (FARRM), by a vote of 35-11. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) supported the bill and representatives say they are extremely pleased with the outcome.
“The overwhelming bipartisan vote in support of this bill is indicative of Committee leadership that was inclusive throughout the process” said APPA president Carl Sanders. “The legislation provides a safety for peanut producers and assures that producers have more control over decisions related to U.S. Department of Agriculture programs than in previous farm bills.”
Sanders said farmers, like himself, may be busy in their fields but are always interested in what is going on in Washington and the legislation that can affect their livelihood. “Right now we (peanut farmers) are extremely busy in our fields preparing for this year’s harvest. It’s important to know farmers’ views and opinions are heard in Washington. I believe our peanut growers will be pleased with the work APPA is doing to speak on their behalf.”
In response to the approval of the bill, Chairman Lucas stated, "We marked an important step forward in the development of the next farm bill. I appreciate the efforts of my colleagues and the bipartisan nature in which this legislation was written and approved. This is a balanced, reform-minded, fiscally responsible bill that underscores our commitment to production agriculture and rural America, achieves real savings, and improves program efficiency.”
Agreeing with the Chairman, and recognizing the work still to be done, Ranking Member Peterson commented, “I'm pleased this markup is behind us and we can continue to move the process forward. The current farm bill expires on September 30 and there only 13 legislative days before the August recess. Simply put, the House leadership needs to bring the farm bill to the floor for a vote. We should not jeopardize the health of our rural economies which, by and large, have remained strong the last few years. Our nation's farmers and ranchers need the certainty of a new five year farm bill and they need it before the current farm bill ends.”
The bill has not been scheduled to date for floor consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives.