U.S. Representative Glenn "GT' Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act.
"I commend the U.S. Senate and the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts on passage of S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act," said Rep. Thompson. "Senate passage of the farm bill is a positive step in completing this reauthorization process, before its expiration this fall."
Every five years, Congress passes legislation, commonly known as the "farm bill" that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. The last farm bill was passed in 2008, and expires in 2012.
"The Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry has held multiple hearings in anticipation of moving forward with a full reauthorization of the farm bill in early July," Rep. Thompson added. "I look forward to continuing the reauthorization process to ensure that any new legislation meets the needs of producers and farming communities across the country."
The House Agriculture Committee recently completed its third and final round of farm bill oversight hearings, and is scheduled to markup its version of the reauthorization on July 11, 2012.