U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln and U.S. Representatives Marion Berry (AR-01), Vic Snyder (AR-02), and Mike Ross (AR-04) today announced that the Senate and House have passed the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2010 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which contains funding for Arkansas priorities.
"Funding provided in this legislation significantly contributes to the development and growth of local communities throughout Arkansas. As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am pleased that we are taking positive steps towards securing federal dollars to support the agriculture industry in our state," said Lincoln. "I'll continue my fight to ensure that much-needed funds reach Arkansas's communities as I focus on issues that are critical for our rural communities."
"As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I worked hard to promote funding for research, rural development, conservation, nutrition, and other agricultural programs critical to Arkansas. The final product supports our state's agricultural industry and helps lifts up farmers and rural residents," Pryor said. "I'm proud this legislation also contains my initiative to lift the ban on Chinese poultry imports while ensuring they are safe for American consumers. Food safety and trade are not mutually exclusive, and both are very important to the economy of Arkansas. The final agreement protects Americans from unsafe foods while shielding American poultry producers from retaliation. It's is a win-win outcome for consumers and producers."
"Because farming, forestry, and aquaculture represent a substantial part of our regional economy, the passage of this bill will help address our state's vast agricultural needs and strengthen rural America," said Berry. "The legislation will help promote renewable energy, provide funding for community improvement grants and protect public health by strengthening food safety programs. This bill reinvests in rural America and I'm proud to have helped secure funding for such worthwhile projects that will help so many people."
"I am proud to have helped secure many of these critical federal investments that support rural development and our state's research efforts in agriculture and nutrition," said Ross. "They are not only vital to our economy in Arkansas, but also critical to our nation because of the enormous contributions they make to public health, agriculture and to ensuring our nation has a safe and secure source of food and fiber."
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