What They’re Saying: House Passes New Farm Bill
Following passage of a new, five-year Farm Bill in the House of Representatives, agriculture leaders and local farmers from Alabama’s Second Congressional District praised the bill and the work of Representative Martha Roby (R-AL).
The Farm Bill passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 251 to 166. All seven members of the Alabama House delegation voted in favor of the bill.
Rep. Roby has served the last three years on the House Committee on Agriculture. Despite her recent move to the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Roby continued to serve on the Conference Committee tasked with working through the differences of the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill.
Throughout the three year Farm Bill process, Rep. Roby has sought input from agriculture leaders across Alabama. Rep. Roby also formed a 24-member Agriculture Advisory Panel, made up of farming and forestry leaders from across Alabama’s Second Congressional District, which advises Rep. Roby on agriculture issues. A policy idea from Rep. Roby’s Agriculture Advisory Panel, which included cost-effective reforms to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), was included in the final Farm Bill at the urging of Rep. Roby.
Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillan:
“Thanks to leadership from two members of Alabama’s congressional delegation, Representatives Martha Roby and Mike Rogers, at last we will have a Farm Bill. Alabama farmers, agribusinesses and foresters will greatly benefit from this legislation, which has truly been a bipartisan effort. Having Mike Rogers and Martha Roby among the 41 conferees on the Farm Bill speaks volumes about them and about the quality of leadership we have in our Alabama delegation.”
Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell:
"We appreciate the diligence and leadership of Reps. Rogers and Roby in securing passage of a Farm Bill. As members of the House Agriculture Committee, they have helped develop a Farm Bill that saves taxpayers billions of dollars while maintaining a safety net for farmers. While no Farm Bill is perfect, we thank Reps. Roby and Rogers for their work to provide certainty to farmers who are facing planting and financial decisions."
Alabama Peanut Producers Association President and member of Roby’s Agriculture Advisory Panel Carl Sanders:
“I appreciate Rep. Roby and the work she has done to get a new Farm Bill in place, especially for our peanut farmers in Alabama. I cannot understate the importance of having Rep. Roby, someone from our area who understands the work that we do, fighting for us throughout the Farm Bill process. This bill gives our farmers the stability they need to do their jobs and get back in the field.”
President of M.C. Dixon Lumber Company in Eufaula and member of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association Bob Dixon:
“The inclusion of the forest roads and USDA BioBased provisions in the farm bill passed by the House is of paramount importance to the lumber industry, and all forestry related businesses in the state of Alabama and across the Southeast. This bill will provide regulatory certainty for those engaged in silviculture and level the playing field in a government labeling program that has given preference to imported products over American produced lumber. We appreciate the strong support of Congresswoman Roby and look forward to final passage of the bill through the Senate.”