Hartzler and House pass Farm Bill to secure safe, affordable, and plentiful food supply while protecting taxpayer dollars

Jul 11, 2013 Issues: Agriculture

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the U.S. House have approved a Farm Bill that secures a safe, affordable, and plentiful food supply by improving agricultural programs to be cost-effective and market-oriented.

"This Farm Bill saves taxpayer dollars by eliminating direct subsidies and payments to those who don't farm," said Hartzler. "In place of direct payments, farmers will have access to a low-lying safety net that offers assistance only after significant losses are suffered as a result of extreme droughts, floods, or adverse market conditions. This ensures American consumers won’t have to be dependent on foreign countries for our food. A safe, affordable food supply is vital to the national security of this great nation."

"The House Farm Bill eliminates or consolidates over 100 different programs, saving more than $20 billion," continued Hartzler. "It also requires regulatory agencies throughout the government to use scientifically sound information in moving forward with their regulatory initiatives, and it removes burdensome red tape from farmers and other small businesses. The bill also includes the provision I championed to remove a wasteful, duplicative program related to catfish inspection that could cost $170 million over the next 10 years. I look forward to the House and Senate working together to iron out the differences in the two versions of the Farm Bill.”

Congresswoman Hartzler, a working farmer, serves on the House Agriculture Committee as well as the Armed Services and Budget Committees.