Today the Senate voted 64-35 to pass their final version of the 2012 Farm Bill. There was noticeable opposition coming from Southern USA plus the usual fiscal conservatives that oppose most everything brought up for a vote related to Agriculture. The bill (S 3240) needed 60 votes to pass and was likely never is serious doubt.
ProAg would be remiss if we did not express our sincere thanks to Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) and the Kansas stalwart Ranking Republican Pat Roberts. Leadership was needed on both sides of the aisle to move this legislation—as well as—patience and discipline. Pat Roberts was again the strong voice for private sector crop insurance and helped minimize damage to our industry on potential damaging amendments such as the one offered by Senator Gillibrand of New York which would have threatened private sector delivery in many key agricultural states.
We sincerely appreciate the efforts from everyone at ProAg and our agents that contacted their Senators during this critical period. Next up in July, the process starts all over with the House Ag Committee.
Stay tuned, we are a long way from the finish line.