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Vilsack again calls for farm bill passage

On a visit to Omaha today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said passage of a new farm bill is the best way to address problems created by the drought.

“The productivity and resilience of American farmers and ranchers allows the United States to be the most reliable supplier of food and agricultural products in the world, a global leader in farm exports and the world’s largest food aid donor,” Vilsack said, according to an email distributed by USDA.

“We will continue to meet all of those demands and Americans shouldn’t see immediate increases in food prices due to the drought,” Vilsack continued.

“What is important going forward is that we continue to do all we can to help the farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and communities being impacted by this drought. That’s why Congress needs to pass a comprehensive multi-year food, farm and jobs bill that gives farmers and ranchers more certainty in this tough time, while giving USDA tools to help those producers affected by weather-related events beyond their control.”