The 2007 Farm Bill negotiations must continue to move forward, and a 2007 Farm Bill should be passed this year, urges Gov. Mike Rounds.
"This lull in Farm Bill negotiations is not in the best interest of South Dakotans. American agriculture is ever-changing. Consequently, the Farm Bill itself needs to change with the times. Merely extending the 2002 Farm Bill would be inadequate and would undermine the hard work that South Dakota's congressional members have dedicated to Farm Bill negotiations up to now."
Time is of the essence, Rounds continues.
"Farmers and ranchers face enough uncertainty due to weather, market, and other fluctuations that impact their bottom line. The Senate should not add to these uncertainties by delaying timely consideration of the 2007 Farm Bill."
A great deal of work has gone into getting the bill this far in Congress.
"The hard work and momentum of a new Farm Bill should not be lost," Rounds says. "I urge the U.S. Congress to move forward and pass the 2007 Farm Bill soon."
Source: Gov. Rounds' office