Following House passage of a "farm-only" farm bill Thursday, National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Scott George noted that overall, provisions in the bill could benefit beef producers.
"Passage of a 2013 Farm Bill is the top priority for NCBA, and today the House took the unprecedented step in separating the nutrition title from the farm bill, and passing a bill that only encompasses agriculture," George said in a statement. "This step is a major departure from the usual business of agricultural policy, but I am pleased that cattlemen and women are one step closer toward final legislation which not only provides certainty for producers, but also incorporates priorities important to the cattle industry."
George noted that NCBA is pleased that the legislation includes disaster programs, which will extend disaster assistance for five years and retroactively cover losses in 2012 and 2013.
The legislation also authorizes conservation programs and contains language to prevent the USDA from moving forward on the proposed GIPSA rule from the 2008 Farm Bill, George said.
"There are also important amendments included in the legislation which rein in the Environmental Protection Agency," George said."These amendments provide regulatory relief to cattle producers, prevent EPA from releasing producers' personal information to third parties such as environmental activist groups and prohibit EPA from regulating forest roads under the Clean Water Act."
NCBA said it appreciates the efforts of Chairman Frank Lucas, Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota and their committee members who worked in a bipartisan fashion to pass a bill out of the Agriculture Committee.
"We will continue to work with the House and Senate conferees to ensure the final bill meets the priorities of America's cattle industry," George said.
For more on the House Farm Bill, read:
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