Denham Supports House Passage of FARRM Act of 2013

Jun 20, 2013 Issues: Agriculture, Spending Cuts and Debt

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today supported House passage of H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture, Reform, and Risk Management Act (FARRM) of 2013.

The bipartisan bill is four years in the making, having held 40 hearings on every subject of the farm bill and the result being bipartisan legislation that calls for reduced spending, smaller government, and common-sense reform. The FARRM Act achieves nearly $40 billion in savings by eliminating outdated government programs and reforming others to reduce the federal deficit, while expanding popular and successful programs that recognize the diversity of U.S. specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, horticulture and nursery crops.  

“As a farmer, I know how important these programs are to the economy of the Valley,” said Rep. Denham. “The FARRM Act is a bipartisan product which implements much needed reforms to programs and helps reduce the federal deficit. House passage of the farm bill is critical for local farmers, ranchers and rural communities to plan for the next decade and I look forward to getting a final product to the president’s desk soon.”

Highlights include:

  • FARRM saves nearly $40 billion in mandatory funds, including the immediate sequestration of $6 billion.
  • FARRM repeals or consolidates more than 100 programs.
  • FARRM eliminates direct payments, which farmers received regardless of market conditions.
  • FARRM streamlines and reforms commodity policy while also giving producers a choice in how best to manage risk.
  • FARRM includes the first reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, saving more than $20 billion.
  • FARRM consolidates 23 conservation programs into 13, improving program delivery to producers and saving more than $6 billion.
  • FARRM builds on previous investments to fruit and vegetable production, farmers markets, and local food systems, such as the Specialty Crop Block Grants and Plant Pest and Disease Management and Prevention Programs.
  • FARRM includes several regulatory relief measures to help mitigate burdens farmers, ranchers, and rural communities face.
  • FARRM also maintains our investment in agriculture research that gives farmers and ranchers the ability to explore new ways to provide our country with the safest, most affordable, most reliable food supply in the history of the world.

Further information can be found at http://agriculture.house.gov