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Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. FORBES. Mr. Speaker, we are in the midst of a devastating drought--impacting the viability of our nation's crops and the livelihood of farmers in 65% of the country, including Virginia. In response today, I supported the Agriculture Disaster Assistance Act, reauthorizing disaster assistance programs, and allowing producers to effectively manage risk, while providing certainty to producers who are generally ineligible for crop insurance.

This assistance does not come without a cost--one that is absorbed by some of our nation's agriculture conservation programs. These programs have been instrumental in aiding Virginia's agricultural community, and I support their efforts to protect our rivers, streams and waterways that make up the important Chesapeake Bay watershed.

I believe that we must work to ensure the stability and future of our economy, including our nation's food sources. However as we do, we must remain mindful of the need to conserve our natural resources which are critical for agricultural production throughout the country. It is my hope Congress can move to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill which will support our nation's rich agricultural heritage while giving our farmers the tools they need to protect our vital natural resources.

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