House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas
"I commend Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts on passage of S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act. It was a challenge to move this legislation and their efforts have made it possible."
"Although there will be differences between the Senate approach and our own, I hope my colleagues are encouraged by this success when we meet on the 11th to consider our own legislation. The House Agriculture Committee will consider a balanced proposal that saves taxpayers billions of dollars, recognizes the diversity of American agriculture, respects the risks producers face, and preserves the tools necessary for food production."
National Potato Council Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer John Keeling
“We appreciate the hard work of Majority Leader Reid, Republican Leader McConnell, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, and Ranking Member Roberts for getting this challenging but vital farm bill over the Senate finish line. The policies of the Farm Bill passed by the Senate will help protect the tens of thousands of jobs associated with the specialty crop industry and will help create more. And it further strengthens the access of all Americans to the specialty crops that enhance their daily lives. We look forward to ensuring that the voices of employers, workers and families dependent on a strong specialty crop industry are heard as the House makes progress on its Farm Bill.”
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association President Mike Stuart
"At a time when it's critically important for Americans to be eating more fruits and vegetables, Senate passage of this bill is great news for consumers. Besides preserving jobs, it helps to ensure access to a plentiful supply of healthful specialty crops. What's more, this bill addresses some of the continual significant challenges specialty crop growers face in the production and marketing of their crops in an increasingly global marketplace. We look forward to working with the House as it takes up its version of the bill."
Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif
“For specialty crop producers across the country the Farm Bill represents an opportunity to create a healthier life for Americans across the country,. Farm Bill funding helps fuel innovations in farming that will help our producers grow and harvest an abundant supply of specialty crops utilizing fewer natural resources. This is an opportunity to help our industry in the short and long-term as well as help secure the jobs of millions of American workers who support agriculture and reduce the federal deficit. Now that the Senate has completed its work, we look forward to seeing Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson move the farm bill through the House Agriculture Committee.”
U.S. Apple Association President Nancy Foster
“The Senate has made a statement that it continues to recognize the importance of specialty crops and remains committed to an equitable farm policy. The U.S. apple industry is pleased to see a truly comprehensive and competitive Farm Bill pass the Senate. The guidance and commitment shown by Senators Stabenow and Roberts has been invaluable to the Farm Bill’s passage."