2013 Farm Bill
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See how your Representative voted on the 2013 House Farm Bill (grouped by state):
H.R. 1947: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Failed June 20, 2013)
H.R. 2642: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Passed July 11, 2013)
See how your Senators voted on the 2013 House Farm Bill (grouped by state):
S. 954: Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (Passed June 10, 2013)
NCBA Remains Committed to the 2013 Farm Bill
Cattle producers support a reduction of the federal deficit while assuring funding for farm bill priorities. The farm bill should minimize direct federal involvement in agricultural production and preserve the individual’s right to manage land, water and resources.
Conserving the land and its resources is a priority for cattlemen across the nation. That is why NCBA supports maintaining funding of existing conservation programs to encourage voluntary participation by beef producers. A program important to the cattle industry is the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP allows farmers and ranchers to leverage their own financial investment with federal dollars to make improvements to their land, water and natural resources. EQIP has been a successful and effective tool for landowners seeking technical and financial assistance to implement sound conservation practices.
Cattlemen also support a strong research title within the farm bill. Agricultural research provides critical information necessary to protect the profitability, global competitiveness, health and well-being and sustainability of the U.S. cattle industry. Unfortunately, funding for agricultural research has been significantly reduced over the years. Cattlemen strongly support adequate funding for the research title within the farm bill to ensure the necessary research is being done to combat emerging diseases, discover new production practices, improve environmental stewardship and improve the long-term viability of America’s beef producers.
NCBA’s membership strongly supports permanent disaster assistance programs being authorized in the farm bill. The disaster programs included in the 2008 farm bill expired in 2011, during a historic drought that plagued more than 70 percent of cattle country. In December 2012, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (“fiscal cliff”) that included a retroactive, one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill. The permanent disaster assistance programs were authorized by the extension however; additional funding has not been appropriated for the programs. NCBA will continue to support permanent disaster assistance programs along with federal funding to ensure cattlemen obtain consistency and certainty in these programs.