Senate Nears Passage of Farm Bill

By a vote of 75-22 on June 5 the Senate agreed to end debate the on a new Farm Bill (S.954) and move to a vote for final passage on June 10. There are a number of proposed amendments to the bill that remain unresolved, but the Ag. Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is working to develop a compromise to avoid votes on the amendments. The five-year, $100 billion annual bill includes the newly created Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) that will provide greater opportunity for farmers concerned about nutrient run-off and water quality impacts from their operations to partner with local organizations to address these concerns proactively. WEF is a member of the Healthy Waters Coalition that recently sent a letter to the Senate urging passage of the Farm Bill with the RCPP provision.

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