Oklahoma Farm Bureau and American Farmers & Ranchers Cheer Passage of Farm Bill in Senate Without Mentioning the No Votes of the Two Oklahoma SenatorsFri, 29 Jun 2018 05:36:24 CDT
Both of Oklahoma's general farm organizations cheered the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill across the Senate floor on Thursday afternoon by a 86 to 11 margin without mentioning that neither Oklahoma Senator voted in favor of the bill.
Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford were two of the "no" votes that were recorded on Thursday.
Rodd Moesel, President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau issued the following statement on Thursday afternoon:
"Oklahoma Farm Bureau members today are thankful the Senate understood the urgent need to support those who produce our nation’s food, fiber and fuel. Any further delay in the 2018 farm bill would be a disservice to America’s farmers and ranchers facing a farm economy in crisis.
"Encompassing crop insurance, farm programs, conservation, research, extension and nutrition, the farm bill serves as a vital tool for our farmers and ranchers in preserving the greatest food supply in the world as well as a source of food security for American consumers.
"We are grateful for all the senators who voted to advance the 2018 farm bill. Today’s act is a victory for American agriculture, but we understand much work remains as the bill moves to conference committee. We look forward to completion of a farm bill for farmers, ranchers, rural Americans and all consumers before the end of September."
Terry Detrick, the President of the AFR/OFU, says "We are pleased the U.S. Senate passed the farm bill in a timely manner.
"We are grateful several amendments that could have hurt agriculture were defeated.
"We encourage Congress to reconcile the House and Senate bills and pass a final measure quickly."
The Radio Oklahoma Ag Network's Ron Hays talked to both Senator Jim Inhofe and James Lankford on Thursday- click here to listen to the comments offered by Inhofe and click here for the conversation that Hays had with Lankford even as the vote on final passage was underway.
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