Supporters, critics sound off on farm bill

Supporters, critics sound off on farm bill

Watch the Market Day Report from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST to hear from why the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has some criticism for the farm bill. Watch the Market Day Report from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST to hear from why the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has some criticism for the farm bill.

Many organizations spoke out Tuesday after receiving news lawmakers reached a deal on the farm bill.

With support from a majority of agriculture groups, the bill will go to a vote in the House soon, followed by a vote in the Senate.

"It is imperative that all of agriculture unify behind this farm bill, for the good of the whole of American agriculture, consumers, our hard-working farm and ranch families and the rural communities they support," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman in a statement Tuesday.

The same sentiments were echoed by other industry organizations, who pointed to portions of the bill that address issues in their sector.

"The bill establishes practical risk management programs that will protect us in difficult times. That's been our top priority from day one," said Ray Gaesser, president of the American Soybean Association.

The head of the National Association of Wheat Growers, Bing Von Bergen, pointed to initiatives to strengthen crop insurance as a reason for Congress to quickly pass the bill.

A statement from the National Sorghum Producers also cited the bill's conservation and energy efforts.

Provisions addressing animal fighting pleased the Humane Society of the United States, which released a statement commending the action taken to make it a federal crime to attend or bring a child under the age of 16 to an animal fighting event.

But not everyone is happy with the bill.

Rep. Jim McGovern (Massachusetts) said in a post on Twitter Tuesday he planned to vote against the farm bill.

"I will not vote for a #farmbill that makes hunger worse in America," McGovern wrote.

McGovern referred to the measure taken to address issues with the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Lawmakers say they address fraud and loopholes in the program, but the savings were reached without removing anyone from the program.

Watch the Market Day Report from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST to hear from why the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has some criticism for the farm bill.

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