Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds Renew Encouragement for Farm Bill Passage Print
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:26

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released a letter to farm bill conference committee leaders renewing their call for the U.S. Congress to enact a farm bill reauthorization. The letter applauded the recent appointment of farm bill conferees, including Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Steve King. This letter reiterates the message in a previous letter from Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp earlier this year that a farm bill is important to rural America.

In the letter the Governor and Lt. Governor state: “We applaud both chambers for moving forward significant programmatic reforms that improve risk management and focus and improve the sustainability of relevant farm programs.  Given the current fiscal environment, we appreciate the hard decisions before you, but believe you will meet the challenge of forging a bipartisan compromise that respects each side’s principles. Your work can help improve the efficacy and efficiency of various farm bill programs. In addition, you have an opportunity to shepherd through a significant piece of legislation which would demonstrate Congress’s commitment to rural America.”

The letter continues: “As leaders of a key agricultural state where the fall harvest is currently underway, we urge you to pass a bipartisan, long-term farm bill out of conference that meets the needs of our agricultural producers and American consumers.”

A copy of the signed letter can be found here. The full text is as follows:

October 29, 2013

The Honorable Frank Lucas                          The Honorable Debbie Stabenow

Chair, Farm Bill Conference Committee &                                Chair, U.S. Senate Committee

Chair, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture                         on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

1301 Longworth House Office Building                       328A Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                          Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Collin Peterson                                                  The Honorable Thad Cochran

Ranking Member,                        Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture                    on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

1301 Longworth House Office Building                       328A Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                          Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Agriculture Committee Leaders and Members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee:

We write to thank you for your efforts to reconcile farm bill provisions from each chamber and to reiterate our support for swift farm bill reauthorization.  We were encouraged by the conference committee appointments, including two prominent Iowans.  We urge prompt, bipartisan resolution to enact needed farm program reforms, gain real cost savings, improve the sustainability of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and provide long-term certainty for farm families and agricultural producers.

We applaud both chambers for moving forward significant programmatic reforms that improve risk management and focus and improve the sustainability of relevant farm programs.  Given the current fiscal environment, we appreciate the hard decisions before you, but believe you will meet the challenge of forging a bipartisan compromise that respects each side’s principles.  Your work can help improve the efficacy and efficiency of various farm bill programs.  In addition, you have an opportunity to shepherd through a significant piece of legislation which would demonstrate Congress’s commitment to rural America.

As leaders of a key agricultural state where the fall harvest is currently underway, we urge you to pass a bipartisan, long-term farm bill out of conference that meets the needs of our agricultural producers and American consumers.

 

Sincerely,

 

Terry E. Branstad                       Kim Reynolds

Governor of Iowa                           Lt. Governor of Iowa

 

cc:          Iowa Congressional Delegation

Tom Vilsack, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture

Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture