2014 Farm Bill passes U.S. Senate floor

uscapitolThe U.S. Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 by a vote of 68 to 32, Feb. 4, 2014. The Georgia Peanut Commission and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation supported the 2014 Farm Bill.

“We are very pleased the U.S. Senate has passed the 2014 Farm Bill and sent it to the President to be signed into law. I cannot say enough of how pleased we are with the hard work our peanut state leaders have put into this farm bill,” says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., worked for over three years to make these peanut provisions a reality. We appreciate their efforts and commitment to our rural economy!”

The Georgia Peanut Commission, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the University of Georgia’s National Center for Peanut Competitiveness are working diligently to provide information to peanut growers regarding what is included in this farm bill as it pertains to the peanut industry.

A comprehensive outline of how the peanut provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill compare to the 2013 House and Senate Farm Bills, an outline of the base portion of the bill and the voting records are available online at GPC’s legislative blog, www.americanpeanuts.com.

The farm bill has been sent to the President for signature. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in Michigan on Friday.

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