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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 10:28 am | Updated: 8:26 pm, Fri Feb 22, 2013.

(Alice, Texas) – Local farmers are keeping a wary eye out on Washington, D.C. as Congress continues to hammer out details of a full five-year farm bill.

“We are thankful Congress granted a last minute extension during the fiscal cliff talks,” said Lindsey Koenig, Jim Wells County Farm Bureau president. “But a five-year bill will give farmers and ranchers some certainty for the long term.”

Koenig said a five-year farm bill would provide a safety net for farmers and ranchers in tough times such as the current drought, and also assures a plentiful food supply for all Americans by keeping farmers on the land.

“We’re hoping both parties work together to secure a bright and healthy future—not just for agriculture, but for all Americans,” Koenig said.

The House Agriculture Committee passed a version of the farm bill last year, prior to the end of the session. Representative Frank Lucas, who serves as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has committed to resubmitting the same bill to the House floor for consideration in the coming weeks.

“We encourage farmers and ranchers across the nation to look at the proposed changes to the farm bill and to discuss with their legislators what is most important to them,” Koenig said. “Our representatives need to hear from us.”

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