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 In Farm Bureau Farm Bill fails agriculture The U.S. House of Representatives passed a split version of the Farm Bill on July 11 by a 216-208 margin, separating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from traditional farm programs and repealing the permanent law Veach status of the Farm Bill in the process. The Senate and House versions of the bill will now go to conference committee, where the differences in the bills will need to be worked out. All four members of the Arkansas House delegation voted for the bill, despite opposition from Farm Bureau and other agricultural organizations. The week of July 8, three judges traveled more than 1,600 miles to visit with the eight district finalists for the 67th Annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program. The Gorden family of Mena (left to right, Kent, Bob, Sarah and Brent) is among those vying for top honors. The winner will be announced at a luncheon on Dec. 12 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. “We are disappointed in House leadership for choosing to split the bill and repealing the permanent law status of the Farm Bill, which creates the possibility we will never write a Farm Bill again,” said Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach. “The decision by House leadership to pursue that path put members of the Arkansas delegation in a very difficult situation. We still have a long way to go to get to passage of a fiveyear Farm Bill. The challenge will be Susan Anglin of Bentonville, chairwoman of ArFB’s Dairy Division, presented a plaque to Jessica Crawley of Maysville for being named the state’s 2013 Dairy Ambassador. The ceremony took place at the recent 4-State Dairy Days event in Bentonville. Keith Sutton photo in conferencing the vastly different proposals from the Senate and the House. “We are committed to work vigorously with our full delegation to work toward passage of a Farm Bill that provides the needed safety net that underpins Arkansas and American agriculture.” Food and Farm Facts The new Food and Farm Facts book and map poster, produced by Benton Co. FB photo A Publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation July 19, 2013 • Vol. 16, No. 14

Farm Bureau Press - July 19, 2013

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