Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau regarding Senate passage of the farm bill

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[February 05, 2014]  BLOOMINGTON  The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr., regarding the U.S. Senate's passage of the farm bill.

"We're extremely pleased to see the Senate follow the House of Representatives' example and pass a five-year farm bill. Illinois farmers are finally on a path to seeing some long-term certainty and stability in an increasingly risky and uncertain business.

"The bill now before the president strengthens the federal crop insurance program, which is the most important risk management tool available to farmers. Livestock producers also will benefit from the risk management provisions included in the bill, and we encourage the USDA to expedite implementation of those disaster assistance provisions. Finally, it maintains resources for cost-share, working land conservation programs that allow farmers to improve water quality, and helps farmers adapt to tightening regulations.

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 "This legislation is not only fiscally responsible, but helps Illinois farmers put a much needed five-year plan in place to help manage their risk. We applaud Senators Durbin and Kirk for supporting Illinois farmers by voting 'yes' on this bill and urge President Obama to sign the legislation quickly so the USDA can begin implementing the bill as soon as possible."

[Text from file received from Illinois Farm Bureau]

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