Farm Bill Reactions

06.12.13 | Abby Lutcher

The bill passed on a bipartisan 66-27 vote Monday night. It provides subsidies for crop insurance, rice, and peanuts. It would also eliminate subsidies paid to farmers whether they farm or not. The legislation would cost nearly $100 billion dollars each year. Local farmers said overall, they thought it was a good bill. “Overall, the Farm Bill, we’re satisfied with it,” said Ashur Terwilliger, the Farm Bureau President for Chemung County. “We know we can’t get everything we want, but nobody gets everything they want anymore. So we’re happy.” Terwilliger went on to say that he wanted to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for helping get the Senate Farm Bill passed. He also says he feels sorry for younger people who want to start farming, because it is prohibitively expensive. The House of Representatives will debate its version of the bill later this month. It’s expected that the House version will make deeper cuts into the food stamp program than the bill passed by the Senate.