The U.S. House has a second chance to pass a massive farm bill June 22, following a 198-213 defeat May 18.
Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said the group remains hopeful Congress will reach an agreement to reauthorize food, conservation and agricultural programs.
“This legislation is essential to Alabama’s farm families and the state’s overall economy,” Parnell said. “Farming is an inherently risky business. Farmers face factors beyond their control, including weather, natural disasters, disease and trade barriers. The farm bill is critical to helping our farmers mitigate those risks.”
Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell voted “no,” while Republican Reps. Bradley Byrne, Martha Roby, Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks and Gary Palmer voted “yes.” Rogers sits on the House Agriculture Committee and sought input from the Federation and its members while working on the farm bill.
The U.S. Senate is expected to unveil its version of the farm bill soon.