“On behalf of our members and all Ohio soybean farmers, we thank the Senate for their work to pass this version of the farm bill,” said Jerry Bambauer, OSA president and Auglaize County soybean farmer. “As we move forward in this process, this will continue to be our top priority and we will work very closely with our Congressional leaders to get passage of a five-year farm bill.”
The Senate version of the farm bill eliminates direct payments to farmers while strengthening the farm and natural resource safety net. It also improves the balance of trade through trade promotion programs, promotes rural development and helps create jobs.
Additionally, the bill is a concrete step toward reducing the Federal budget deficit and saves taxpayers money.
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) voted in support of the bill. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) voted against the measure.
The House is scheduled to take up the bill on June 17. OSA is encouraging all members and agricultural stakeholders to contact their representatives and stress the importance and urgency of passing a five-year farm bill as soon as possible.
To learn more or find out how to contact your representative, visit the American Soybean Association’s Soy Action Center at www.soygrowers.com.