Senate passes farm bill that includes local food and farm reforms

Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in News

Senate passes farm bill that includes local food and farm reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Tuesday passed major legislation containing a number of provisions that originated in a bill written by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, designed to reform the nation's farm policy. The bill — a reauthorization of the Farm Bill — included provisions that promote and expand local agriculture.

"Local farming is good for the economy because the money consumers spend on food ends up staying in the community," Pingree said. "And local food is also good for families who can put healthy, high-quality food on the table.”

Pingree and Brown first introduced the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act in the House in 2011. Since then, many of the proposals in the bill were adopted as part of the Farm Bill, the five-year funding bill that determines national farm policy.

Next week, the House is expected to take up the House version of the five-year Farm Bill. During consideration, Pingree expects to offer additional local food and farming provisions to the bill.

Some of the local food reforms contained in the Senate version of the Farm Bill passed this week include:

For more information on Pingree's local food bill, go to: http://pingree.house.gov/localfood.

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