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Widespread Praise for the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the 2012 Farm Bill)
Following are statements from a range of organizations and stakeholders, praising the bill for its major reforms, and for the collaborative, inclusive and exceptionally bipartisan process of drafting it:
"Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts deserve praise for structuring this legislation with crucial risk management tools for farmers and doing so in a fiscally responsible manner during one of the toughest budget climates our nation has ever faced. The bill also provides a firm foundation for continued cooperative, incentive-based conservation efforts."
"NFU is pleased to see the 2012 Farm Bill voted out of the
"This proposal takes important steps to cut waste and modernize America's international food aid programs. U.S. food aid programs are absolutely critical to our foreign policy and our moral values. Regulations imposed on the food aid program to protect special interests cost taxpayers up to
Fair Food Network:
"We applaud the Agriculture Committee for including SNAP incentive provisions in the committee bill. Thanks to Senator Stabenow's tireless leadership, these common sense, bipartisan provisions will benefit SNAP recipients, strengthen the program, and provide growth opportunities for American farmers."
"These are trying times for private lands conservation funding, but thanks to the leadership of Chairwoman