ALFA FARMERS URGES QUICK CONSIDERATION OF FARM BILL
"Montgomery, Ala." The president of Alabama Farmers Federation, Jerry Newby of Athens, said quick resumption of deliberations on a new farm bill is essential for farmers.
Newby said commodity groups in the Federation are disappointed that the Senate has not voted on the farm bill before the end of the year. With a vote primarily along party lines, the Senate failed Wednesday to get the necessary 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and bring up the farm bill.
Newby said farmers are concerned that adequate funding for farm programs may be difficult to obtain next year. "We will be working hard with Congress to move quickly in January to pass the farm bill and will be asking for adequate funding to help our farmers, he said. Quick passage of the farm bill is imperative so farmers can plan for next year and secure financing, he added. "A strong agriculture safety net is not only vital for our farmers but also for the economy and security of our entire nation."
Newby said the Federation wants senators to take up the bill promptly when it returns next month and he urged Congress and the Bush Administration to preserve the funding in the budget for agriculture.