Thoughts on Senate Ag Committee 2013 Farm Bill Draft

The Senate Ag Committee has released its initial draft of the 2013 Farm Bill - and it does not include the Egg Products Inspection Act amendments of 2013. But National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says it most likely will come up again in relation to this farm bill. The National Farmers Union is encouraged the draft has been circulated to Senate Ag members in advance of the committee's markup next week.

NFU President Roger Johnson says NFU is please target price protection was added to the bill - but the organization believes target prices need to be increased and balanced in a meaningful way to be substantial. Johnson says NFU also is encouraged SNAP remains virtually unchanged from last year's bill - as he says it's crucial to continue providing a safety net to those who are food insecure in this country. He says NFU expects the House Ag Committee to follow suit very soon and is pleased to see movement in both chambers - since September 30th is quickly approaching.

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