House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas, R-Okla., stood by the bill, appearing more positive about its outlook than many.
"I'm obviously disappointed, but the reforms in H.R. 1947 … are so important that we must continue to pursue them," he said. "We are assessing all of our options, but I have no doubt that we will finish our work in the near future."
Of course supporting farm groups were none too happy about the voting results, many expressing general disappointment.
"A completed farm bill is much needed to provide farmers and ranchers certainty for the coming years," American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said. "It was a balanced bill that would have provided much needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers."
The American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and National Sorghum Producers also returned similar comments.
Most frustration had to do with facing the Farm Bill extension's expiration of Sept. 30 without a contingency plan. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association expressed considerable concern about the lack of disaster programs for livestock producers.
As NCBA noted, the bill "wasn't perfect for any industry," but there were already some groups prepping for a potential revised bill and round two.
National Wildlife Federation CEO Larry Schewiger praised the defeat, noting if passed, the bill "would have been the worst in at least 25 years for fish and wildlife."
"The House farm bill failed commonsense conservation standards," he explained, highlighting the absence of conservation compliance provisions and a national sodsaver program. Schweiger also chastised the House Agriculture Committee for failing to trim production incentives.
The National Taxpayers Union also opposed the Farm Bill, which the group said was "packed with entitlements, favors to agribusiness and unnecessary spending." Similarly, the Environmental Working Group, a strong opponent of some crop insurance policies, said the bill lacked real reforms.
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