Why Iowa Needs A Farm Bill Now

Iowa Farm Scene

Iowa leaders remain hopeful Congress will pass a new farm bill before end of the year.

Published on: November 11, 2013

"In addition, it would allow USDA to continue export promotion efforts that have led to the best five-year period in agricultural trade in American history, and provide FSA with the tools to extend additional farm credit in Iowa.

"The Farm Bill is also a job creation bill that would empower USDA to partner with rural communities to grow, expand and support new businesses.

New opportunities in bio-based product manufacturing, and renewable energy

"A new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would help Main Street businesses grow and hire more, strengthen infrastructure in small towns and provide new opportunities in bio-based product manufacturing and renewable energy. For example, in Iowa, USDA has provided more than 1,300 projects since 2009 to help farmers, ranchers and rural businesses save energy through the Rural Energy for America Program. This and many other efforts could continue with a new Farm Bill.

"A new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would make important investments in nutrition programs that provide critical assistance to vulnerable Americans, including children, seniors, people with disabilities who are unable to work, and returning veterans. It would enable USDA to continue our work with more than 500,000 producers and landowners to conserve the soil and water. It would undertake new strategies to improve agricultural research, and it would ensure a safe food supply.

Need more soil and water conservation, new strategies for ag research, and investing in rural communities

"All of these efforts strengthen our nation. A new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would continue the job growth we've seen in recent years and help grow the rural economy. That's why President Obama has identified passage of a new Farm Bill as one of his top three legislative priorities this fall.

"This is a prime opportunity to give America's farmers, ranchers and producers the certainty they need about the next five years of U.S. farm policy, while investing in the rural communities that stand at the heart of our values. The Farm Bill has stood as a model of bipartisan consensus for decades and it is high time that both Democrats and Republicans come to a compromise on this new Farm Bill. It is our hope that Senate and House conferees will reach a consensus quickly and move a Farm Bill forward as soon as possible."