Senator joins bipartisan effort to ensure energy programs are included in any final version of Farm Bill
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is leading a bipartisan effort to urge Senate Agriculture Committee leaders to ensure any final version of the Farm Bill includes a strong commitment to expanding energy production in rural Missouri.
"Rural energy production provides key economic opportunities for farmers and communities in all areas of the country," McCaskill and her Senate colleagues wrote. "It is imperative that we continue to invest in these programs so that we can provide certainty to attract investment, create jobs, and continue to improve our domestic energy infrastructure."
McCaskill, along with Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), in a letter to Committee leaders asked that original provisions from the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill that provide critical resources to rural energy programs be included in any Farm Bill compromise with the U.S. House of Representatives. The programs in the Senate Farm Bill offer resources for on-farm renewable energy, energy-efficiency projects, and research and development for advanced biofuels.
Currently, the House Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill lacks sufficient resources for energy production and includes several provisions that would inhibit the production of rural energy.
Earlier this week, McCaskill urged Congressional leaders to pass the five-year Senate reform Farm Bill to aid farmers and ranchers in the 2013 crop year, while keeping critical agricultural programs in place.
In June, McCaskill helped pass a bipartisan Farm Bill in the Senate to reauthorize essential livestock disaster assistance programs, support agriculture jobs, strengthen resources for family farms and ranches, and reduce the national deficit by more than $23 billion. The Farm Bill-approved with a strong bipartisan vote of 64-35-also provided crucial resources that allow Missouri's crop producers to manage risk and new programs that help Missouri's dairy farmers to cope with high costs.
McCaskill also recently received a letter of support from Missouri's top sportsman's groups for her leadership on the Farm Bill, which continues to be held up by the U.S. House of Representatives.