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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Yesterday, Chairman  Frank Lucas of Oklahoma  and Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota released a discussion draft of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) today.  FARRM is a bipartisan bill that saves taxpayers billions, reduces the nation’s deficit, and repeals outdated policies while reforming, streamlining, and consolidating others. It  is the product of a two-year process that examined every single policy under the jurisdiction of the House  Committee on Agriculture.  The  legislation  cuts spending,  reduces the size of government, and makes common-sense reforms to agricultural policy.

“I’m pleased to release this bipartisan legislation  with my friend and colleague Collin Peterson. Our efforts over the past two years have resulted in reform-minded, fiscally responsible  policy that is equitable for   farmers and ranchers in all regions and will lead to improved program delivery. This bill is an investment in production agriculture and rural America.  Those of us in the agriculture community are quick to  point out  that our producers provide us with the safest, most abundant, most affordable food and fiber supply in the history of the world. We say it because it’s true. This legislation is a commitment to maintaining  that tradition,” said Chairman  Frank D. Lucas.

“Congress needs to  complete work on the 2012 Farm Bill before the current bill expires, otherwise  we jeopardize one of the economic bright spots of our nation’s fragile economy.  The legislation released today brings us yet another step closer to achieving  this goal and I am pleased to have worked with the Chairman in this effort. We  have a commodity title in place that will work for all parts of the country as  well as continued support for the sugar program and my Dairy Security Act. I  have long believed every government program must contribute toward deficit  reduction and while I would have found other ways to accomplish the bill’s  nutrition savings, the bottom line is that, working together, we need to keep  this farm bill moving forward. There will be challenges ahead, but we will pass  the bill out of Committee next week and, if the House leadership gets this  right and brings the bill to the floor, we will ultimately finish the bill in  September,” said Ranking Member Collin Peterson.

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