Farm bill passes Senate and heads to President

Farm bill passes House of Representatives  and Senate

KIMT News 3 – It’s been a long time coming for the finalized farm bill to make it to the president’s desk.

The five-year bill was passed in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate as of Tuesday.

The bill has been in the works for the past three years and Dennis Johnson from the ISU Extension out of Worth County says he was pleased to hear the news about it getting through both the House and the Senate.

“I think that it will really kind of cause a lot of relief in the ag community, with bankers, with farmers, with agribusiness folks. I think everybody’s going to be kind of be pleased to see we finally got this completed,” Johnson said.

While he knows that compromises needed to be made, he says for the most part, people should be happy with the outcome.

Certain items on the bill, like ending direct payments to farmers, and cuts to food stamps, or snap, weren’t on everyone’s agenda.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R) released a statement saying, “I’m extremely disappointed that my provisions to place a hard cap on farm payments and better define who can receive those payments were stripped down to such a great extent.”

He also went on to say that he’s concerned about the distribution of funds for different sized farms and that as a farmer himself, he just wanted to see the five-year plan pan out a little better with what he had in his agenda.

Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley commented on the legislature and said he felt as though a “sticking point was to come to the table and realize people were going to have to make compromises.”

President Obama is expected to sign the five year bill on Friday at Michigan State University.

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