POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 8:04pm
WASHINGTON (NBC33) — The Senate Farm Bill passed through legislation today with a vote of 66-27. It includes items that will help support Louisiana’s farmers and agriculture industry.
“As I’ve always said, farming is more than just a business or a job. It’s a way of life and an important part of our culture—one that deserves our support,” U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, said.
Louisiana’s farming industry supports 243,000 jobs and contributed $11.4 billion to the state’s economy in 2012.
“This farm bill will give certainty to and support Louisiana’s unique agriculture industry, our rural communities and the farmers that feed us all,” Sen. Landrieu said. “This year’s Farm Bill, which has the support of the Southern Agriculture Alliance, is much more advantageous for our rice producers than last year’s version. It also includes key provisions to protect our critical sugar industry, and support food aid and conservation incentives to protect our precious land and water resources.