Illinois soybean farmers are pleased with the appointment of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, Taylorville, Ill., Republican representing central and southwestern Illinois, as one of 29 House farm bill conferees made official over the weekend.
“We are glad Rep. Davis was named to work for Illinois farmers who right now are in the middle of harvest. We look forward to a farm bill resolution that works for all farmers and promotes U.S. soybeans, the largest farm export and second largest crop,” says Bill Raben, soybean farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) chairman.
In a press release issued by his office, Davis says, “Our farmers and our entire agriculture sector need the certainty that a long-term farm bill will bring them. I look forward to working with my colleagues to quickly finalize the long-term bill that our agriculture community deserves.”
The conferees are set to negotiate differences in each chamber’s bill. Both the Senate and House must pass the final version before it sees the president’s desk for signature. A one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expired Sept. 30, and farm programs will revert to permanent laws from the late 1930s and 1940s if a solution is not reached by Jan. 1, 2014.