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Hare Votes to Provide Illinois Farmers with Safety Net

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Location: Washington, DC

Hare Votes to Provide Illinois Farmers with Safety Net

Farm Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted in favor of the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 which maintains a safety net to help farmers provide a safe and abundant food supply for America.

"For generations, Illinois farmers have made great contributions to our economy and environment," Hare said. "This bill ensures that farmers can survive a bad year and continue to put food on the tables of American families."

The bill's payment limitation package redirects $500 million of subsidies to farmers in need, eliminating payouts to millionaires for the first time. "This bill enacts real reform of the subsidy system while maintaining the safety net critical to the livelihood of average farmers," Hare said.

The bill makes historic investments in conservation to protect the environment, improve air quality, build wildlife habitat and help farmers increase their environmental stewardship.

It also makes a strong commitment to securing America's energy future. It boosts funding for renewable energy programs by 600 percent. "This significant increase will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, address global climate change, and help boost Illinois' agriculture economy."

Finally, the bill makes critical investments in our rural communities by renewing successful programs that provide vital healthcare, emergency communications, broadband telecommunications services, and economic development. "I am pleased that this bill addresses the unique challenges faced by our rural areas," Hare said. "It is essential to provide these communities with access to vital services the rest of us often take for granted."

The Illinois Corn Growers, Farm Bureau, Soybean Producers, Dairy Farmers and Beef Producers all support the legislation.

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