Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation on Senate Passage of Farm Bill

February 4, 2014 –  The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation commends the U.S. Senate for passage today of the new five-year farm bill. While it’s been a long road to get to this point, we are pleased with the bi-partisan support of this legislation from both the Senate and House.

This bill, with the President’s signature, will allow our farmers to move forward this year with certainty in their business decisions and give them confidence in preparing for another crop.

Agriculture is our most important industry in Tennessee, contributing billions of dollars to our economy each year. We are really glad to see that this farm bill is fiscally responsible, saving taxpayers more than $16 billion over the next decade by eliminating direct payments and strengthening risk management tools.  

We especially want to thank Sen. Lamar Alexander for his support and vote of the farm bill along with our delegation in the House, including Rep. Dianne Black, Rep. Stephen Fincher and Rep. Phil Roe.

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Lee Maddox, Director of Communications

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