After delivering his proposed Pennsylvania fiscal year budget on Tuesday, Governor Tom Corbett applauded the passage by the U.S. Senate of the federal Farm Bill.
Corbett hailed Congressman Glenn Thompson’s efforts to have the legislation passed, and urged President Obama to sign the bill as soon as possible to help “ensure our farmers remain competitive.”
Among the provisions in the 959-page Farm Bill are stronger crop insurance and disaster assistance programs, “risk management” tools for dairy farmers, funding for farmland preservation and conservation, clarifications that forestry industry activities do not require individual Clean Water Act permits, funding for nutrition education and for programs like the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, the Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the consolidation of the National Clean Plant Network and the Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program, funding plant pest detection and surveillance.
The five-year bill passed the Senate on Tuesday by a 68-32 vote. Among those opposed was Senator Bob Casey, from Pennsylvania. Along with other objections, opponents spoke out against cuts in the SNAP food stamps program.