There's been some quick local reaction to the U.S. Senate passing a Farm Bill.
The North Dakota Farmer Union said today the bill is a "giant leap forward" in providing an important safety net for farmers and ranchers.
The South Dakota Corn Growers Association commended the Senate of the bill.
"We thank Senate leaders for their ability to compromise, taking the first big step toward bringing America's farmers the certainty they need moving forward," SDCGA President Mark Gross said. "Our organization's No. 1 priority has been to preserve a crop insurance program that protects farmers during disasters. This bill will do that, and provide assistance only when needed."
Neither group is too keen on how the bill links crop insurance to conservation compliance.
"The realities we face in the Prairie Pothole Region with an overabundance of rain and wetland delineation issues continues to be a challenge," said Woody Barth, NDFU president. "NDFU advocated to remove the cross compliance requirement and will continue to do so in the House. Farmers shouldn't be denied access to crop insurance or the opportunity to manage water on their land through mitigation."
The U.S. House is expected to work on a farm bill within the next week or two, but its version faces an uphill battle because of disagreement on how much should be spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
"We urge the House of Representatives to continue the progress by proceeding with their farm bill debate immediately, with hope that they can reach an agreement sometime before the current farm bill extension expires in September," Gross said. "During last year's severe drought, crop insurance saved many farmers from going bankrupt. Farmers willingly made sacrifices in this farm bill to help reduce the federal deficit, a step that's good for taxpayers and vital to the nation's well-being."