What Ag Interests Have to Say About the 2014 Farm Bill

Conservation groups, conservatives, farm organizations all have opinions on the bill that took years to make

Published on: Feb 5, 2014

You didn't fall asleep for a long winter's nap and dream about the 2014 farm bill – it's really here.

The Senate on Tuesday afternoon voted 68-32 to approve the bill, sending the measure to the President's desk after strong approval by the House last week.

Not surprisingly, most high-profile groups are happy to have a farm bill. Many note its changes to crop insurance and updates to conservation programs.

Others think the bill should have discontinued Country of Origin labeling or added more changes to food stamps. Either way, no one will ever agree, but we'll let the groups and legislators have their say.

FEEDBACK: Conservation groups, conservatives, farm organizations all have opinions on the bill that took years to make
FEEDBACK: Conservation groups, conservatives, farm organizations all have opinions on the bill that took years to make

Find out how individual legislators voted on the farm bill.

U.S. President Barack Obama
"This bill provides certainty to America’s farmers and ranchers, and contains a variety of commonsense reforms that my Administration has consistently called for, including reforming and eliminating direct farm subsidies and providing assistance for farmers when they need it most," President Obama said.

"As with any compromise, the Farm Bill isn’t perfect – but on the whole, it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America’s food, but for our nation."

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
"Today's action will allow the proud men and women who feed millions around the world to invest confidently in the future. While no legislation is perfect, this bill is a strong investment in American agriculture and supports the continued global leadership of our farmers and ranchers."


Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
"It's been a long road, with many challenges. I'm very proud that we maintained strong bipartisanship throughout this entire process. In the end, Congress came together to support 16 million American jobs, save taxpayers billions and implement the most significant reforms to agriculture programs in decades."

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla.
"I commend Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran on their efforts throughout this process.

"We worked together to give certainty and sound policy to our agricultural producers; deliver taxpayers billions of dollars in savings; and provide consumers the affordable and reliable food supply they have grown accustomed to."