I am disappointed the House of Representatives was not able to bring H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, also known as the "Farm Bill", to debate on the House floor prior to the November election. Many current farm bill policies expire on September 30, 2012, and this bill is a critical part of the planning process for those who rely on sound agriculture policy during difficult economic times.
I have met with many farmers and ranchers in eastern Kansas who are asking Congress to provide certainty for producers as they head into the next planting season, and continued to voice my strong support for a five-year farm bill. I, along with many of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, have asked House leadership to bring this bill up and let the House and Senate work out the differences to get the best possible legislation. This bill will now most likely be considered in November. In the meantime, I will continue to listen to concerns and suggestions on how to make this bill beneficial to farmers, ranchers, and consumers.