"The Senate farm bill includes an historic agreement between agriculture and conservation organizations to ensure that basic soil and wetland protection requirements were extended to apply to crop insurance premium subsidies," explained Julie Sibbing, NWF director of Agriculture and Forestry Programs. "We look forward to working with [the Committee] to pass a final farm bill this year that includes these important protections."
Energy group Growth Energy highlighted the inclusion of Rural Energy programs and Biomass Crop programs as a signal of support for renewable fuels development.
On the livestock front, the National Milk Producers Federation again reiterated support of the Dairy Security Act, which includes a market stabilization component that is opposed by dairy processors.
"We commend the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a farm bill today to transform dairy policy, while making necessary improvements in other farm and nutrition programs," noted Jerry Kozak, NMPF president.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association thanked the Committee for removing language that would have solidified an agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States regarding egg-laying hen housing. NCBA has argued that had the agreement been included, livestock producers would soon be subject to HSUS pressure via more housing legislation.
NCBA President Scott George also noted that the bill included other top priorities for the organization, such as maintaining conservation and research funding.
To view all amendments to the bill, visit the Senate Ag Committee webpage.