NELSON SPEAKS IN FAVOR OF 2012 FARM BILL “This major reform moves us away from government controls on production and toward the private market - to help sustain American agriculture,” Senator Nelson said. “The bill ends outdated subsidies...
BigNews.Biz - Jun 09,2012 - NELSON SPEAKS IN FAVOR OF 2012 FARM BILL
Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, also known as the 2012 Farm Bill. Nelson highlighted how the Farm Bill will help Nebraskan farmers thrive, by retracting government jurisdiction over agricultural production and eliminating funding for nonessential ag programs.
“This major reform moves us away from government controls on production and toward the private market - to help sustain American agriculture,” Senator Nelson said. “The bill ends outdated subsidies, ensuring farmers won’t be paid for crops they aren’t growing.”
Nelson noted several of the Farm Bill’s strengths, such as its security guarantees to agricultural producers, simplification of current policies, termination of direct payments, and job creation.
“It creates a market-oriented safety net, and eliminates direct farm subsidy payments. It streamlines, simplifies, and consolidates programs - at the same time creating jobs, helping our economy grow,” Nelson said. “It does all that while making a substantial contribution, more than $23 billion, to deficit reduction.”
Senator Nelson spoke shortly before the Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan support to moving to debate the farm bill on a vote of 90-8. The Senate is expected to work on the farm bill over the next couple of weeks. Nelson said in his speech he hopes the Senate will approve the 2012 Farm Bill soon, and that the House will follow so that the 2008 Farm Bill, which expires in the fall, can be updated with appropriate policies for today’s American agriculture.
(Verbatim text of Senator Nelson’s speech on the Senate floor follows.)
Thank you, Madam Chair (Senator Stabenow),
I thank you so much for your strong efforts in bringing together this very important reform bill.
We’re moving in the right direction now with farm policy, moving away from protectionism, moving away from outmoded programs to something that certainly is in today’s world important.
That is a safety net, a safety net that involves risk management, opposed to direct farm payments.
This is particularly important to the State of Nebraska and all of our producers. We’re number one in production of many commodities, from red meat to great northern beans. We’re second in the nation in production of ethanol - something more than two billion gallons of this homegrown fuel into our energy supply every year.
Our productive farmers and ranchers in Nebraska make us fifth in the nation in agriculture receipts, while nearly one-third of all Nebraska jobs are related to agriculture. It's our number-one industry, giving that importance to my state.
I really appreciate the work that's been done and the strong bipartisan support of 16-5 to put the bill out of the committee to the floor.
And truly it is about reform. It creates a market-oriented safety net, and eliminates direct farm subsidy payments. It streamlines, simplifies, and consolidates programs - at the same time creating jobs, helping our economy grow.