Oklahoma Ag Groups Write Letter to Congress Supporting Farm BillMon, 17 Jun 2013 16:00:18 CDT
Fifteen Oklahoma agriculture organizations have signed a litter of support for the House version of the 2013 farm bill. The groups sent the letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas last week.
The letter specifically supports the safety net provisions and the voluntary conservation programs written into the bill, H.R. 1947.
The letter's signers also said the believe passage of the current fam bill would give them some measure of certainty so that they could make long-range business decisions.
The bill is expected to be voted on this week, and may come up for consideration as early as Wednesday.
The full text of the letter follows:
June 14, 2013
Congressman Frank Lucas
United States Congress
Dear: Representative Lucas
The undersigned Oklahoma agriculture organizations are writing to affirm our support for H.R. 1947, The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013, which provides meaningful reform and contributes nearly $40 billion to deficit reduction.
Having a workable farm safety net that protects all agriculture producers and all crops in all areas of the country is of great importance to us. The voluntary conservation programs are specifically critical to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers in this time of extreme unsettled weather. Regardless of whether its maintaining the flood control dams in areas that have had too much rain or assisting in implementing soil conservation practices in areas that have had too little rain, Oklahoma producers have faced grave times and need certainty of a five?year farm bill.
FARRM is a fiscally responsive bill and will give members of our organizations the certainty they need to make future business decisions. We believe there are real reforms in this act while still protecting the United States food supply. FARRM offers reforms that are achievable only if passed and implemented, and the bill will also save taxpayer dollars though its budget savings. We encourage your support of H.R. 1947 and look forward to working with you to bring this bill to its completion.
Thank you for all the hard work you have devoted to this issue.
Oklahoma Secretary and Commissioner of Agriculture, Jim Reese
American Farmers & Ranchers
Great Plains Canola Association
Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council
Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
Oklahoma Cotton Council
Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association
Oklahoma Peanut Commission
Oklahoma Pork Council
Oklahoma Sorghum Association
Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association
Producers Cooperative Oil Mill
Whitetails of Oklahoma
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