Although it didn’t much broad attention by the news media earlier this week, the White House released a report on the importance of getting the Farm Bill done. Here is a list from the USDA of some of the most important benefits of a comprehensive food and farm bill:
- Build on recent momentum of the U.S. agriculture economy, a key engine of economic growth.
- Promote development in communities across the country, by expanding new opportunities for American agriculture, increasing manufacturing potential and supporting businesses across rural America.
- Protect our vital food assistance programs, which benefit millions of families and individuals – in rural, suburban and urban areas alike
- Create a reliable safety net for our farmers and ranchers, including a strong crop insurance program, a long term extension of disaster programs and retroactive assistance for livestock producers.
- Continue federal conservation efforts, working alongside a record number of farmers and ranchers to conserve our soil and protect our water.
- Promote new markets for U.S. producers abroad and at home, honor our trade commitments and assist our farmers and ranchers to export a record amount of product around the world.
- Support research, and ensuring that our long history of agricultural innovation continues.
- And reduce the deficit, by enacting reforms saving billions of dollars in the coming decade.