3 months, 2 weeks ago From Farm Bureau
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB), along with U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler, are putting the heat on Congress to pass legislation important to agriculture.
AFBF farm policy specialist Mary Kay Thatcher was in the state working with MFB farm leaders on a new campaign to “Bring the Heat to Congress,” urging Congress to pass a five-year farm bill instead of another extension when they return to Washington, D.C., after Labor Day. During Congress’ summer recess, Farm Bureau is asking farmers and ranchers to tell members of Congress to quickly move toward passage of the bill that impacts both consumers and the agricultural community. The current farm bill expires Sept. 30, 2013.
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst welcomed comments from Senator Blunt and Congresswoman Hartzler, who agree action is needed now. “We appreciate their strong support as well as the support shown by other members of our congressional delegation. Certainty, in terms of having a safety net in place when it is needed most is critical to agriculture. We know our delegation will continue to “bring the heat” to their colleagues to finish the farm bill,” said Hurst.
Blunt thanked Missouri Farm Bureau for their hard work on behalf of farm families across the state. “Farmers and ranchers in Missouri are working hard every day to help feed the nation and the world," said Blunt, who serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. “I was glad to vote for the Senate-passed farm bill this year, and I'll continue fighting to ensure farmers and ranchers receive the economic certainty they need in order to succeed.”
Hartzler added, “After traveling across my district for three days touring operations and meeting with farmers, it is obvious that rural America needs the certainty of a five-year farm bill that is fair to taxpayers and good for consumers.
Thatcher gave Farm Bureau’s view of the slow-grinding process. “Farmers and ranchers are hot around the collar at Congress for putting politics before progress on issues like the farm bill,” said Thatcher. “That’s why Farm Bureau members from across the country are bringing the heat to their congressional members during August recess, letting them know that we need a farm bill signed into law this fall.”