The Farm Bill is important legislation that provides authorization for services and programs that impact every American and millions of people around the world. In January 2013, Congress took short-term action to extend many 2008 Farm Bill programs for nine months. Those programs will now expire on September 30, 2013, limiting their effectiveness and providing no long-term certainty for farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
USDA and the Obama Administration have called on Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, long-term Food, Farm and Jobs Bill as soon as possible. A Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would allow USDA to continue our record accomplishments on behalf of the American people, while providing new income opportunities across rural America.
For example, it would enable USDA to further expand markets for agricultural products at home and abroad, strengthen conservation efforts, create new opportunities for local and regional food systems and grow the biobased economy. It would provide a dependable safety net for America's farmers, ranchers and growers. It would maintain important agricultural research, and ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all Americans. A comprehensive bill would also continue programs that directly help rural communities to create jobs.
Since 2011, Secretary Vilsack has traveled to more than 30 states and participated in more than 200 media interviews urging the passage of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. His public statements on the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill are below.
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