Senator Lamar Alexander on Monday announced his support for the five-year farm bill that was negotiated in conference between the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
He said, “Agriculture is one of Tennessee’s most important industries, with more than 77,000 farms contributing tens of billions of dollars each year to the state’s economy.
“This legislation will save taxpayers $16.6 billion by modernizing and reforming agriculture programs that impact our nation’s food supply, while reducing waste, fraud and abuse. Passage of this five-year farm bill, which was supported by a majority of House Republicans, will provide much-needed certainty to farmers in Tennessee and across the country.”
He said the five-year farm bill eliminates direct payments to farmers for commodities and replaces them with two new safety net programs.
The Senate is expected to vote on final passage of the legislation Tuesday.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the farm bill conference report will reduce mandatory spending by $16.6 billion over the next decade. It has the support of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited.