Today, the Senate passed the 2014 farm bill, which provides $881 million for clean energy projects, supports local jobs across Hawai"i, extends the sugar program, and combats the destructive impact of the coffee berry borer. In November 2013, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai"i) wrote a letter to Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) asking that the farm bill include funds for renewable energy projects and biofuels. Schatz's priorities were strongly supported in the final version of the bill, which passed the Senate today and is now headed to the President for his signature.
"I'm glad that we were able to pass a bill that not only supports local clean energy projects that will create jobs and save farmers money, but also protects hundreds of local jobs dependent on coffee and sugar production across Hawai"i, and helps families put fresh food on the table every night," said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. "The farm bill also takes an important step to make sure our kids have fresh, local food in their schools while also supporting local farmers."