Baucus Secures Montana Victories in Farm Bill
Senator Delivers Serious Debt Reduction, Permanent Livestock Disaster Assistance, Strong New Safety Net in Senate Ag Committee Bill
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
(Washington, D.C.) - Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus and his office worked through the night on Wednesday to secure Montana priorities in the Farm Bill that passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on a vote of 16-5 Thursday afternoon. At Baucus' insistence, the bill makes the Livestock Disaster Program Baucus created in 2008 permanent, and it includes changes to ensure safety net programs work for Montana producers. The final bill responsibly cuts between $23 and $25 billion from the deficit, while also creating a strong new safety net program that maintains the support Montana producers need.
"One in five Montana jobs is tied to agriculture - one in five. Every one of those workers is one of my bosses, and this is their jobs bill. I'll continue working closely with Montanans as we move through the process to make sure we end up with a final Farm Bill that works for them," Baucus said.
Key Montana Priorities Baucus Secured:
Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said of Baucus at the meeting, "We would not have a Livestock Disaster Assistance Program without your advocacy."
"Thanks to Max's work to create the Livestock Disaster Assistance Program, Montana ranchers finally have a safety net the can count on. And making that program permanent will ensure it will be there for our producers when they need it," said Montana Stockgrowers Vice President Errol Rice.
"Max and his team made sure Montana farmers had a voice in this process every step of the way," said Montana Grain Growers Executive Vice President Lola Raska, who was in contact with Baucus' office late into Wednesday evening as they worked to reach a final compromise. "We knew Max wouldn't back down until he got the best deal for Montana farmers. A farm-level option was essential for us and he delivered."
Stabenow also joked in her introduction of Baucus that she had learned more about Montana and the specific agriculture needs of the state than ever before because of Baucus' insistence on changes to ensure safety-net programs be structured in a way that works for Montana producers.
Without Baucus she said, "We wouldn't have significant improvements in the farm-level Arc Program. I have learned more about Montana - I think I could tell every member of the committee about how Montana has bigger counties than Michigan. I now understand the differences. . . Nobody could fight harder for Montana."
Other victories Baucus Secured in the bill include:
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