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House Ag Committee Releases Farm Bill Discussion Draft
USAgNet - 05/13/2013

House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota released a discussion draft of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management, or FARRM Act of 2013. The bipartisan bill cuts spending, reduces the size of government, and makes common-sense reforms to policy.

It is the product of a multi-year process that included auditing for effectiveness and efficiency every single policy under the jurisdiction of the House Agriculture Committee.

"It's a responsible and balanced bill that addresses Americans' concerns about federal spending and reforms farm and nutrition policy to improve efficiency and accountability. We will advance our bill in the Committee next week and then begin preparing for full House consideration this summer," said Chairman Lucas. "The discussion draft the Chairman and I released today sets us on a path to finally completing a five-year farm bill."

Lucas says the measure closely resembles the bipartisan bill passed by the committee last summer, including a commodity title that will work for all producers, much-needed reforms to dairy programs and continued support for the sugar program.

Specifically, the House version saves nearly $40 billion in mandatory funds, including the immediate sequestration of $6 billion, repeals or consolidates more than 100 programs and eliminates direct payments, which farmers received regardless of market conditions.

It also streamlines and reforms commodity policy saving nearly $14 billion while also giving producers a choice in how best to manage risk. And it includes the first reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program since the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 saving more than $20 billion.

FARRM consolidates 23 conservation programs into 13, improving program delivery to producers and saving more than $6 billion.

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