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August 03, 2012   Email to Friend 

DROUGHT ASSISTANCE PASSES HOUSE
Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
August 03, 2012

Mary Kay Thatcher


Before heading home for the month of August, the U.S. House of Representatives put off voting directly on the farm bill and instead approved funding for drought relief programs. But with Congress heading out of Washington, sources say it’s highly unlikely that drought assistance could become reality before September at the earliest.

In an American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) video clip, Mary Kay Thatcher, farm policy specialist, said AFBF did not support or oppose the House-passed disaster provisions, but instead told congressional members that those same provisions were in both the Senate and House Agriculture Committee-passed farm bills.

“So, it would be much easier and much more expedient if Congress would just finish the farm bill,” said Thatcher.

Click HERE to watch the clip.


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