AR Farm Bureau praises congressmen for passage of Farm Bill

LITTLE ROCK -{} Arkansas Farm Bureau officials are thanking members of the state's House of Representatives who voted for passage of the conference Committee version of the Farm Bill.{} Members of the House passed the bill 251-161, paving the way for a five year{}funding program.

Representatives Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack all supported the measure, but Representative Tom Cotton opposed it, because he says it offers farmers too little, and doesn't cut the food stamp program enough.{}{}

Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach, a cotton, soybean, corn and wheat farmer from Mississippi County, said the organization was supportive of passage, though there were several areas that leave voids in the traditional farm safety net.

"This is far from a perfect bill, but we do welcome the certainty it brings to farmers and ranchers," Veach said Wednesday from the organization's winter commodity meetings. "Having a five-year program, as opposed to year-by-year or ad-hoc programs, was imperative, particularly as we go about making planting and livestock decisions for the coming year."