Candidate for U.S. Congress in Indiana's 5th District Scott Reske today urged Congress to act on the 2012 Farm Bill before the August recess.
The current Farm Bill expires on September 30, 2012, but many of the disaster assistance programs for crops and livestock expired last year.
"The current heat and drought have devastated crops here in Indiana and have burdened livestock and dairy farmers," said Reske. "If the legislation is brought to the House floor before the August recess, it will give members of Congress time to discuss their differences and come up with a long-term plan that will provide certainty for both farmers and consumers alike, while protecting jobs here in Indiana.
"Not only is passage of the Farm Bill important to farming communities, but to all communities. The Farm Bill helps keep farmers operating, which keeps food costs reasonable for families and reduces our reliance on imported food.
"The Farm Bill will also ensure guidelines for food safety. The United States ranks first in food security and we owe it to our families to keep it that way.
"Congress' failure to do so to date illustrates why so many voters are telling me they want commonsense leadership that produces positive results for our country. People are tired of our Congress not being able to work together on something so necessary as making sure our farmers have a safety net and our families have access to safe and affordable food.
"The 2012 Farm Bill has bipartisan support, both in Congress and in the agricultural community, and inaction should not be an option."