KERRY: FARM BILL WILL PROVIDE IMMEDIATE HELP TO MASSACHUSETTS FARMERS, CONSUMERS
Senator John Kerry announced that the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Farm Bill yesterday afternoon, joining the House in securing a veto-proof margin. The bill would invest $10.3 billion in food and nutrition programs, $5.2 billion in conservation programs, as well as millions of dollars in programs that stimulate local economies.
Massachusetts has more than 6000 farms, many of which sell to local markets.
"This farm bill will provide immediate help to many Massachusetts farmers and their communities. From nutrition programs that will help families afford healthy food, farm support efforts that assist struggling farmers address rising costs, protections for our nation's natural resources, and investments in renewable energy sources like cellulosic biofuels to help reduce our dependence on oil, this bill will assist our rural communities stay afloat in a time of rising food prices and skyrocketing oil prices. I strongly urge the President to support farmers and rural communities in Massachusetts and across the country and sign this bill into law," said John Kerry.
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