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Illinois Farm Bureau acknowledges U.S. House of Representatives' work on farm bill

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[July 14, 2012]  BLOOMINGTON -- The Illinois Farm Bureau praised the U.S. House Agriculture Committee this week for completing its markup of the 2012 Farm Bill.

"We commend the House Agriculture Committee for successfully marking up its version of the bill," said Philip Nelson, Illinois Farm Bureau president. "We urge the House leadership to schedule floor time as soon as possible so that the bill can be moved through the full House and into conference with the Senate."

Specifically, the Illinois Farm Bureau acknowledged the work of three members of the Illinois delegation who serve on the House Agriculture Committee: U.S. Rep. Timothy Johnson, 15th Congressional District; U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, 14th Congressional District; and U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, 17th Congressional District.

House debate on the bill is timely, the Illinois Farm Bureau says. As Congress determines the future of crop insurance and a safety net for farmers, crops and livestock in southern Illinois continue to feel the effects of a drought that is widely being compared to the drought of 1988. During more than a year of policy review from June 2010 to August 2011, Illinois Farm Bureau members agreed that crop insurance is by far the most valuable component of the farm policy safety net and should serve as the cornerstone of the 2012 Farm Bill.

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The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a nonprofit membership organization controlled by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 426,000, a voting membership of 83,290 and represents 2 out of 3 Illinois farmers.

[Text from file received from Illinois Farm Bureau]

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