May 9, 2008
May 9, 2008 - The House-Senate conference committee on the Farm Bill held a press conference on Thursday to announce that a final agreement had been reached. The conference report now faces floor votes in the Senate and House before going on to the White House. Members seemed confident their respective chambers would approve the bill, even though a veto threat remains.
"The agreement is great news for farmers and ranchers," commented Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.). "We've included a permanent disaster assistance fund (including livestock), so producers do not have to go back to Congress year after year, and paved the way to finally implement country-of-origin labeling."
Details of the bill are expected to be available early next week.
Sheep producers are encouraged to contact their representatives to encourage them to support this Farm Bill with a positive vote next Wednesday, which is when the House and plan to vote on the Farm Bill Conference Report.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced the President would likely veto the Farm Bill agreement reached by lawmakers in Congress this week.