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Baucus Urging Fellow Senators to Pass Farm Bill

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The AG Industry in the Treasure State is such a driving force of the state's economy.

Montana's Senior Senator Max Baucus taking to the Senate Floor this week to fight for swift passage of the Farm Bill he helped write on the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Passing a strong, long-term Farm Bill is one of Baucus' top priorities before completing his final term in the Senate at the end of 2014.  The Senator pulling out all the stops to make sure this gets passed.

Baucus on the Senate Floor stating "Make no mistake, the Farm Bill is a jobs bill.  It supports 16 million American jobs every year.  In Montana, one in every five jobs is tied to agriculture.  Those jobs are counting on us to get this bill done.  And as we work to tackle the debt, it's important to remember the Farm Bill cuts spending by $23 billion.  This Farm Bill is part of the solution, not part of the problem."

He would continue to say that "For the past year, our ranchers have weathered this drought with no support.  With hay and water in short supply, they've been forced to thin their herds.  Thinning herds mean lost jobs in Montana, because fifty percent of our economy is tied to agriculture, and about 35 percent of our total ag receipts come from cattle and calve sales."

In the 2008 Farm Bill that Baucus created the Livestock Disaster Assistance Program was established.  Baucus' provision in this year's Farm Bill backfills the Livestock Disaster programs to ensure Montana ranchers can get the support they need to recover from last year's drought.

The Senate will resume consideration of the bill when it reconvenes June 3rd.

 

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