Yes on H.R. 2642, the Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act (Farm Bill)

Jul 11, 2013 Issues: Agriculture

I voted to pass H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013.  It passed the House by a vote of 216-208.

This bill split the farm support programs from the nutrition programs.  It saves taxpayers nearly $14 billion over the next ten years and improves efficiency by consolidating more than 100 programs.  It also moves to a much more market-oriented framework for agricultural support and ends direct payments.  In their place, we strengthened crop insurance where farmers pay premiums to insure their crops and get support in the years that they suffer losses.  I think this is a good bill for farmers, families, and taxpayers. 

The bill repeals the outdated and unworkable permanent agricultural law and improves efficiency by consolidating more than 100 programs.  My Crop Risk Options Plan (CROP Act) was included in the legislation.  This shallow-loss coverage allows farmers to insure themselves against losses of up to 30% of their crop production.