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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:48

U.S. House of Representatives pass 5-year Farm Bill

(AREA) -- The House of Representatives Wednesday passed a 5-year Farm Bill that would reduce the deficit, grow the economy and provide certainty to the 16 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture. The Agricultural Act of 2014, passed 251-166, contains major reforms including eliminating the direct payment program, streamlining and consolidating numerous programs to improve their effectiveness and reduce duplication and cutting down on program misuse. Congresswoman Candice Miller says the bill also strengthens our nation's commitment to support farmers and ranchers affected by natural disasters. Miller voted in favor of the bill. The measure saves $15 billion over the next 10-years. A priority issue for the Michigan Farm Bureau for years, the new farm bill is the nation's most significant and far-reaching package of agricultural legislation. Michigan Farm Bureau President Wayne H. Wood said, "We appreciate the commitment of our representatives in Congress who stood up to support this bill and support agriculture." The Senate is expected to take up the measure next week.