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Farm Bill Passes Senate


Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S. 3240, by a vote of 64–35 after voting on 73 amendments June 21.

Rural development funding reinstated

The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S. 3240, by a vote of 64–35 after voting on 73 amendments June 21.

NACo’s priority amendment, S.A. 2445, sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), passed by a vote of 55-44. The amendment will reinstate $150 million in mandatory funding to rural development and beginning farmer-rancher programs.

This includes funding for two rural business development programs, a portion of the backlog of already approved USDA water-wastewater infrastructure projects, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

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