Mark Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators today in calling for consideration of the 2012 Farm Bill in a fair and open manner. The legislation passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in mid-April with strong bipartisan support. This letter follows a previous letter sent by Udall urging House and Senate Agriculture Committees to advance a Farm Bill.
"Colorado agriculture is a major economic driver that helps rural communities thrive and supports thousands of jobs across our state," Udall said. "The Senate should bear in mind that the farm bill provides stability and resources our country's farmers, ranchers and rural communities need to protect Colorado's agricultural economy and provide a reliable and safe food supply. I was pleased that the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a bipartisan bill that is projected to reduce the deficit by more than $23 billion. We cannot afford to delay consideration of this important legislation by the full Senate."
Colorado's agricultural economy employs more than 100,000 people and generates approximately $20 billion in economic activity in the state.
Advancing a 2012 Farm Bill has broad support among Colorado's farmers, ranchers and rural communities, including many agricultural, conservation and nutrition groups. The bill is projected to reduce the deficit by more than $23 billion over 10 years. Swift action is needed on the bill to ensure that a number of risk management, forestry, conservation and nutrition programs do not expire at the end of September.