U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said, “The agriculture community and our economy need the certainty that comes with a five-year Farm Bill. We face a September deadline to provide that certainty, and I am hopeful the House will still be able to come back and pass a bill that can be responsibly conferenced with the farm bill passed by the Senate.”
With a bipartisan 66-27 vote June 10, the Senate approved a Farm Bill. Current federal agriculture programs are operating on a short-term extension that expires Sept. 30.
Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) said, “The Democrats walked away from a bipartisan compromise because they refused to support reforming the out of control food stamp program.”