U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement today after full House committee passage of the farm bill:
"This farm bill is the first meaningful, multi-year piece of legislation taken up since the implementation of the sequester. It cuts nearly $40 billion in spending in 10 years while ensuring the sustainability of American agriculture.
"The bill strengthens Title I by putting in place a new safety net, one that will offer ranchers and farmers choices in how to manage risk while reforming outdated policy. This move creates regional equity among agriculture producers, increasing their choices and implementing a broad approach to production agriculture. Our country depends on the security that the production agriculture safety net provides, which keeps farms productive and ensures a sound American food supply.
"The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act contains the strongest reforms to the food stamp program -- SNAP -- since the 1996 welfare reform bill, resulting in savings of almost $20.5 billion.
"Good agriculture policy is good federal policy -- and this bill represents the best in agriculture policy today. I thank Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson for their hard work and dedication to this bill, and I urge my colleagues in the House to support this bill -- and American agriculture -- when it comes before the full House in the coming months."