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State of Iowa leaders encourage bipartisan Congressional movement on farm bill

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DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp on Friday called upon congressional leaders to swiftly reconcile farm bill differences to seize the opportunity to provide long-term certainty to agricultural producers, enact program reforms and achieve cost savings.

“A long-term farm bill is overdue and congressional leaders have the opportunity to provide certainty in the farm economy. I am hopeful that congressional leaders can find a way forward in the very near future,” said Branstad.

“The farm bill provides vital certainty to Iowa farmers,” said Northey. “It is important that the House and Senate work together on a bipartisan basis to keep the bill moving.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.

The farm bill passed by the House of Representatives in early July eliminated funding for food stamps but increased farm subsidies.

The House Committee on Agriculture advanced H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) of 2013, on May 15, 2013 by a vote of 36-10. For more information on the final passage and amendments click here.

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