Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today joined 38 Members of Congress in urging the House Agriculture Committee to move a new farm bill forward this year. The bipartisan group also highlighted the importance of a long-term farm bill instead of a short-term extension. Unfortunately, many farm and food programs will expire this year if no action is taken.
“As Members committed to the success of family farms, economic growth of rural America, and the ability to provide the world with the most safe and abundant food, we want to stress how important it is to pass, and sign into law, a farm bill in 2012 as soon as possible,” the lawmakers wrote. “Our agriculture community deserves our fullest and best effort; not just extensions of current law or waiting for the lame duck session. We stand ready to work with you to pass a comprehensive, bipartisan farm bill in 2012 in a timely manner.”
Additionally, Loebsack stated, “Family farms in Iowa and across the nation are vitally important to the economic success of rural Iowa. We need to ensure reforms move forward to keep a safety net in place for farmers when times are bad and for those that need help while also growing the economy in our rural communities. We should not kick the can down the road by passing short-term extensions. A long-term extension is the only way farmers are able to plan for the next planting season. It is also critical for communities who are working to boost economic development. We must act quickly and pass a farm bill this year.”