Congressmen Jim Costa joined a bipartisan group of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to echo their previous calls for the House to bring up the Farm Bill before it adjourns for the election. The current Farm Bill expires on September 30th when the nation's agriculture policy will revert to 1949 levels barring the enactment of reauthorization legislation.
"American farmers and livestock and poultry producers don't work in our make believe Washington world, they live in the real world where no is not an option," said Costa. "I'm tired of excuses and gridlock. Now is the time to do what American agriculture expects of us, roll up our sleeves and get to work. It's that simple; we need a Farm Bill Now."
The bipartisan, bicameral group of over 20 lawmakers in attendance including Rep. Costa called for House Speaker Boehner to bring the bill to the floor before Congress recesses. There are eight legislative days left before the House adjourns.
The Farm Bill Now rally brought together 89 national agriculture organizations including the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union, Western Growers, Dairy Farmers of America, Milk Producers Council, United Fresh Produce Association, and the National Cattleman's Beef Association.