With expectations of full Senate consideration in early June, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 has been introduced in the Senate.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said the farm bill legislation is a bipartisan approach to agriculture policy that will save $23 billion over 10 years.
A spokesman for the agriculture committee said the bill is expected to be considered by the Senate in early June, after the weeklong recess for Memorial Day.
Stabenow said in a statement the bill has strong bipartisan support and expressed hope that Congress will move quickly.
“Agriculture supports 16 million jobs in our country, and it is absolutely critical to provide farmers the certainty they need by passing a Farm Bill this year,” she said in a news release.
The bill is available at the Senate agriculture committee’s website.
Diane Kurrle, vice president of public affairs for the U.S. Apple Association, Vienna, Va., said the Agriculture Committee in the House is expected to work through its version in mid-June. She said the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance is working on building support among lawmakers for quick action on the farm bill in the House of Representatives.