ICYMI: IGPA Applauds House Farm Bill Vote

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Times News
February 1, 2014


BOISE – Idaho’s wheat and barley farmers are ecstatic with the recent solid passage of the final Farm Bill conference report by the House of Representatives.

The Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA) is grateful for the favorable votes and support of Reps. Raúl Labrador and Mike Simpson.

The bipartisan bicameral report includes several provisions and programs critical to Idaho farmers and farm communities. The bill makes important reforms to farm programs, crop insurance, and conservation while boosting trade, research and conservation opportunities that will help to manage farm risk, increase crop yields and quality, and ultimately fortify Idaho’s agriculture economy, the largest industry in the state.

“The House vote is outstanding. We are excited that Idaho grain farmers will finally have some certainty heading into the new crop year,” said IGPA President and Kendrick farmer Robert Blair.

“The IGPA has worked hard to get to this point and we are extremely grateful for the support of Congressmen Labrador and Simpson and their staff,” he said. “The legislation is not perfect, but it’s a compromise that will benefit Idaho agriculture.”

The bill garnered a significant 251-166 vote margin. The IGPA has worked diligently to guide Congress in developing a reform-minded bill that provides a responsible, market-oriented and effective safety net for Idaho’s wheat and barley farmers.