Senate Approves Farm Bill - Next Stop, the White House
February 7, 2014
The Senate on Tuesday approved the five-year Farm Bill on a 68-32 vote, sending the legislation to President Obama for his expected signature.
Secretary Vilsack made the following statement: "Today's action will allow the proud men and women who feed millions around the world to invest confidently in the future. Our communities will have additional support to attract new economic opportunity and create jobs. Building on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, this bill will achieve meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. 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."
President Obama will travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Friday and sign the Farm Bill there after delivering remarks at Michigan State University on the importance of the bill to America's economy.
Sheep specific provisions in the Farm Bill include a new Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program; authorization of the Livestock Indemnity Program to assist with disasters that kill sheep and lambs and, per the request of ASI, a cost-share provision for sheep killed by federally re-introduced or regulated predators including avian predators; extension of the Wool Fabric Provision for five years to correct a trade issue under the 20 year-old North American Free Trade Agreement and maintains the ASI-supported country-of-origin-labeling language.