United Fresh Produce Association President & CEO Tom Stenzel released the following statement in response to the Senate voting in favor 90-8 to advance the 2012 Farm Bill to the Senate Floor:

“The United Fresh Produce Association congratulates the Senate on this strong bipartisan vote to move forward in considering the 2012 Farm Bill. The fruit and vegetable industry strongly supports the bill brought forward by the Agriculture Committee, and salutes Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts on their leadership of this effort.

We encourage the Senate to move quickly to the Farm Bill, and pass a bill that encompasses the Committee’s bipartisan agreements that are critical to the fruit and vegetable industry and all specialty crop producers.