The Senate Agriculture Committee passed an amended version of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow's (D-Mich.) proposed farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013.

The committee-passed farm bill includes provisions for both a revenue policy, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), and price policy, Adverse Market Program (AMP), for growers of all crops, except cotton, which is provided with a STAX crop insurance policy.  The target price level for rice is set at $13.30/cwt and includes an option to update rice yields. The ARC policy would apply on planted acres and the AMP policy would apply on base acres.

 

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Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) voted for committee passage.  Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) voted no.
 
With the 15-5 Senate Agriculture Committee passage of its five-year 2013 farm bill, USA Rice is prepared for tomorrow's 2013 farm-policy debate by the House Agriculture Committee when it considers a separate five-year measure.


"We are grateful to Sens. Stabenow, Cochran, Boozman and Chambliss for their tireless efforts and support on our issues," said USA Rice Producers' Group Chair Linda Raun, a Texas rice producer. "We look forward to debate tomorrow in the House committee and, we hope, the committee's final passage of a five-year farm bill."   

USA Rice Federation will continue its efforts to have a workable and equitable safety net approved for rice producers as part of a 2013 farm bill.

The full Senate is expected to consider the Farm Bill next week.

 

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