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

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[January 30, 2014]  BLOOMINGTON The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. regarding the House passage of the farm bill.

"After more than two years of work, we're pleased to finally see a farm bill move forward out of the House. This bill addresses many of the policy objectives Illinois farmers have stressed during the lengthy debate and provides needed business certainty for farmers over what could be a very challenging next five years.

"The farm bill strengthens the federal crop insurance program, which is the most important risk management tool available to farmers. The bill maintains resources for cost-share, working land conservation programs that allow farmers (to) improve water quality and 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 in an increasingly risky business. We applaud our representatives' hard work in crafting and supporting this important legislation and urge our senators to follow suit."

[Text from file received from Illinois Farm Bureau]

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