The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition reports that the first day of Senate Farm Bill debate and voting went well. It is worth noting that the Brown amendment (#2445) passed with 55-44 votes, with support from Michigan Senator, Debbie Stabenow. This amendment brings the total to $85 million in the farm bill for the Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program, $50 million for Value Added Producer Grants, and more!
We are delighted to report that the U.S. Senate today passed an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill providing $150 million in critical funding for rural economic development and new farmer programs. The amendment, introduced and championed by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), was approved on a 55-44 vote, with Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in support.
Today, the Senate will resume their floor debate and voting process and we may even see a farm bill today.
Coming up are amendments by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to improve crop insurance coverage for organic farmers, by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) to relink soil and wetland conservation requirements to the receipt of crop insurance premium subsidies, and by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to reduce insurance premium subsidies for millionaires.
Read more here: Successful Day One of Farm Bill Voting in Senate – NSAC.
There is still time to tell your Senators what you think here: Farm Bill Action (NSAC) (Make sure you thank them where they’ve voted in your favor!)