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Coats To Support Farm Bill Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today announced that he will vote for the bipartisan farm bill agreement the Senate is considering this week.

“It has been nearly six years since Congress last authorized a farm bill, and Indiana’s agriculture community has waited long enough,” said Coats. “While not perfect, this legislation provides Hoosier farmers with the certainty they need for the next five years.”

Coats supported the Senate version of the farm bill in 2013. The legislation under consideration this week represents a compromise between the Senate-passed bill and an alternative farm bill passed by the House of Representatives last year. The conference report to the Agricultural Act of 2014 passed the House 251 to 166 on January 29.

“This farm bill contains over $16 billion in cost savings, reforms outdated programs and reduces food stamp abuse,” said Coats. “It also provides a broad safety net in the event of a natural disaster and includes my idea to allow Indiana specialty crop producers the flexibility they need to respond to market signals when making planting decisions.”

The current farm bill:

  • Saves a total of $16.6 billion by ending direct payments, merging conservation programs and addressing fraud and abuse in food stamps programs;
  • Reinvests $10 billion of savings into crop insurance and rural development programs; and
  • Includes an idea Senator Coats pushed for that frees fruit and vegetable growers, including Hoosier tomato growers, from previous acreage planting restrictions, giving them the flexibility they need to meet demand.

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