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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Sep 14, 2012 11:27 PM Flag

    Time is Running out for Farm Bill

    Time is Running out for Farm Bill

    Posted: Sep 14, 2012 6:49 PM MDT Updated: Sep 14, 2012 6:49 PM MDT

    By: Hollie Hojek

    With the Farm Bill set to expire in just 16 days, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says there is a lot on the line for farmers.

    "This is just too dog-gone important. Momentum is building in rural areas, this will stop it, people will need help and we won't be able to give it to them," says Vilsack.

    Vilsack says if October 1st rolls around and there's no vote on a new farm bill, farmers and ranchers will have a lot to lose, including disaster assistance, protection, and the ability to promote their crops internationally.

    "Ask these soy bean producers behind me will tell you, that's a big deal. To surrender market share for a single day, and we're not out there hussling and promoting, someone else is going to fill that void and we will have a hard to getting that market share back," says Vilsack.

    Vilsack says without a farm bill there's a great deal of uncertainty for farmers and ranchers, who've already dealt with enough from the current drought. Vilsack says the House claims it doesn't have enough time or support to vote on the bill, but...

    "The reality is, I think if you put a farm bill up on the board, you'll get 218 votes, because people will know whatever the rough edges of any bill are, they can be worked out in a conference committee," says Vilsack.

    Vilsack says the real reason the House doesn't want to vote on the farm bill is because it doesn't want to tell people how deep of financial cuts that could take place. The Secretary says an extension is not the answer, and longer we have to wait for a vote, the worse the financial cuts will be.



    Farm Bill inaction risky, Vilsack says

    DANIEL LOOKER09/14/2012 @ 3:59pm Business Editor


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