Also, several leading dairy economists have compiled a podcast and two papers (Dairy Subtitle of the Agricultural Act of 2014 Information Letter 14-01 and Price Discovery, Volatility Spillovers and Adequacy of Speculation in the U.S. Dairy Markets) covering provisions contained in the dairy title. The resources and more information are available on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Program on Dairy Markets and Policy website: http://dairy.wisc.edu/.
Other notables commenting on passage of the Farm Bill follow.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
Today's action will allow the proud men and women who feed millions around the world to invest confidently in the future. Our communities will have additional support to attract new economic opportunity and create jobs. During difficult times, children, working families, seniors and people with disabilities will have access to nutritious food. The potential of new products, treatments and discoveries will be strengthened through new agricultural research. Renewed conservation efforts will protect our fields, forests and waters creating new tourism options. This legislation is important to the entire nation.
Building on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past 5 years, this bill will accomplish those goals while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. While no legislation is perfect, this bill is a strong investment in American
U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla., chair of the House Ag Committee)
I am pleased the Senate passed the conference report and put us another step closer to enacting a new farm bill. I commend Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran on their efforts throughout this process. We worked together to give certainty and sound policy to our agricultural producers; deliver taxpayers billions of dollars in savings; and provide consumers the affordable and reliable food supply they have grown accustomed to."
Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
The American Farm Bureau Federation commends the Senate for passing the new five-year farm bill with clear, bipartisan support. America’s farmers and ranchers are one step closer to having the certainty needed—and provided by the farm bill—to make planting and farm business decisions.
The farm bill provides farmers and ranchers certainty for the coming year, allowing them to continue with their business of providing food and jobs for America. We are particularly pleased with provisions in the 2014 farm bill to provide risk management to fruit and vegetable farmers and to support livestock farmers during disasters.