Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement upon passage of the U.S. Senate Farm Bill:
"The Farm Bill passed in the Senate meets the two benchmarks most important to Kansas farmers and ranchers: strong, stable crop insurance and disaster programs to provide livestock producers with confidence when faced with Mother Nature's uncertainty. The legislation puts vital risk management tools and conservation programs back in place providing farmers and ranchers with the long-term certainty they need to produce food, fiber and fuel for our country and the world. While I prefer the Farm Bill that passed a year ago, the new bill's passage will help to reduce our swelling national debt by reforming costly programs, and gives farmers and ranchers the tools necessary to make certain the United States remains the most food secure country in the world."
The Farm Bill passed the Senate by a vote of 66 to 27. The Senate Farm Bill saves $24 billion and will impact a myriad of food related programs over the next decade including food stamps and nutrition, commodity programs, crop insurance, conservation, trade and energy.
Sen. Moran offered a budget neutral amendment to the Farm Bill, amendment #987, which was approved and directs the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) to conduct research and development regarding a policy to insure alfalfa. Amendment #987 will give animal agriculture less expensive inputs and allow farms to diversify their production. Additionally, consumers will be provided with a less expensive and more abundant food supply.