Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement regarding last night's House Agriculture Committee vote on the Farm Bill:
"The farm bill contained a lot of good components, but at the end of the day I believe this bill has too much potential to move agriculture away from market-driven planting decisions and move it backwards towards the "farm for the program' of the 1980's. As past president of the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the only farm bureau president from any state to ever be elected to Congress, I have been working on farm bills for almost 30 years. The biggest red flag, as it relates to Ohio, is the inequity between crops that would create a disadvantage for Midwestern farmers.
"I look forward to working with Ohio commodities on ways to improve the bill going forward to ensure that farmers can make long term planting decisions based on the market. I am committed to having a farm bill in place before the September 30th expiration of the current legislation. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to ensure this is a bill that we can all support and keep our rural communities strong."