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January 29, 2014

2014 Farm Bill passes US House floor

TIFTON —

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Agricultural Act 2014 by a vote of 251 to 166. The Georgia Peanut Commission and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation supported the 2014 Farm Bill.

“We began this Farm Bill in 2010. The Georgia Peanut Commission testified at field hearings in Georgia and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation at subsequent hearings in other states,” said Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “We also testified on Capitol Hill about the needs of peanut producers in Georgia. Countless hours by our volunteer leaders, staff and the University of Georgia’s National Center for Peanut Competitiveness have produced a peanut program that is cost efficient and will work for Georgia’s peanut growers.”

Morris continues, “House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson have worked diligently to get compromise legislation within the House and with the negotiators from the Senate. The Georgia Peanut Commission encourages the Senate to take the 2014 Farm Bill Conference Report up as soon as possible.”

The U.S. Senate has not set a time for floor consideration of the bill but Senate leaders have indicated that the bill will be considered quickly.

For additional information on the Farm Bill visit the Georgia Peanut Commission legislative website at www.americanpeanuts.com.

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