USCA highlights farm bill livestock provisions and urges final passage
January 30, 2014
The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) continues its push Jan. 28, for final passage of the Farm Bill. USCA urges Congress to pass this bill in an expedited manner so that it may be sent to President Obama for his signature, subsequently providing U.S. farmers and ranchers with certainty in terms of planning for the years ahead.
USCA supports the Farm Bill as released yesterday through the final conference report. USCA appreciates the work done 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 the bipartisan bill.
"USCA is concerned with, and disappointed in, the mounting arguments by those in the processing sector who oppose the bill because it does not repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) as well as revisions to the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA). This outright opposition hurts U.S. farmers and ranchers that depend on the many programs the Farm Bill encompasses," noted Jon Wooster, USCA President, San Lucas, California.
"The livestock sector alone will benefit from the $7 billion in funding that is appropriated to industry-specific programs including livestock disaster assistance, conservation funding, export promotion, veterinary services grants and expanded research potential."
Notably, the Farm Bill contains a provision to allow for retroactive and ongoing livestock disaster payments and assistance. The nearly $4 billion allocated for use in this program over the next ten years is a positive change as these programs will now operate under a ten-year baseline, versus the ad hoc, temporary funding used previously. Producers affected by Winter Storm Atlas are in need of this assistance and opposition to the Farm Bill will result in further delay of implementation of this vital support.
"USCA is urging our membership and those across the countryside to show their support for this bipartisan piece of legislation by calling their Member of Congress and pushing for final passage of this bill. This process has been years in the making. It's time to provide certainty for those in agriculture and to the consumers who depend on our nation's food supply."
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