ORIGINALLY WRITTEN STAFF
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee passed a new farm bill Friday. Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) supported the bill, which passed on a bipartisan vote.
“This legislation retains the flexibility in planting that we have had in the past, while creating a greater
safety net for farmers,” Moran said. “It also contains more conservation measures than any previous farm bill. This is a good bill for Kansas agriculture and for all Kansans.”
The legislation retains the flexibility and loan-rate provisions of the previous farm bill, while adding a counter-cyclical payment system to assist producers when prices are low.
In addition, funding for environmental and conservation programs was increased by 75 percent.
“This is a positive first step in writing a new farm bill,” Moran said. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead, but I will do my best to make sure that the bill is good for Kansas agriculture.”
The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.