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Farm Bill Passes U.S. Senate--NACo Successfully Reinstates Rural Development Funding


Posted Date: 
June 25, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director, Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Rural Action Caucus, NACo

On Thursday, June 21, the U. S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S. 3240, by a vote of 64-35 after voting on 73 amendments. NACo’s priority amendment, SA 2445, sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), passed by a vote of 55-44. NACo organized a coalition effort of over 185 national organizations to support this amendment which 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. Action on the Farm Bill now turns to the House with the House Agriculture Committee scheduled to markup their version of the bill on July 11. For a more detailed summary of the Senate Farm Bill, see NACo’s most recent Legislative Bulletin.

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Erik Johnston | 202-942-4230 | ejohnston@naco.org