USCA applauds final Farm Bill passage in U.S. Senate
The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement following the Senate passage of the farm bill conference report by a vote of 68 yays to 32 nays:
USCA President, Jon Wooster, San Lucas, California, commented on the bill’s passage, “USCA extends its thanks and support to those Members and staff who have enabled the final passage of the farm bill through Congress. The commitment by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) to produce this bipartisan bill is applauded. Our membership remains supportive of this final bill and commends the work that has led to this ultimate passage.”
USCA commented previously on the multiple provisions within the bill that will support and aide those within the livestock industry. President Wooster commented further on these programs, “Given the catastrophic Winter Storm Atlas and the ongoing drought across California and the West, the livestock disaster provisions within this bill will provide necessary assistance to many states currently looking to recover from these weather-related disasters. The implementation of these programs under a ten-year baseline, versus the ad hoc temporary funding used previously, will provide assurance to those affected and for the industry in years to come.”
USCA is pleased that the final bill does not contain language that would repeal or interfere with the ongoing country of origin labeling (COOL) case at the World Trade Organization (WTO). USCA was supportive of a “clean” farm bill from the offset and applauds the policy-makers for keeping divisive issues such as COOL and restrictions to the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) out of the final bill.
Wooster concluded, “USCA supports this bill and urges the President to sign it into law in a timely fashion. The work put into this bipartisan piece of legislation has been years in the making and the industry and producers across the country applaud the four Farm Bill principals in seeing this bill through to its final passage.” F
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In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the Agriculture Department this week announced that plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing.