Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the severe drought conditions in Colorado and to urge the House of Representatives to pass a full five-year reauthorization of the Farm Bill.
In his remarks, Bennet said, “A five-year Farm Bill will provide producers with a set of tools for managing this drought and planning for the future. The one-year bill being discussed over in the House by the leadership doesn’t recognize the agricultural community’s need to do long term planning. Among many other important provisions, the Senate Farm Bill contains revamped risk management programs like crop insurance, which is what I heard is needed by famers, and improvements farmers requested to help manage a severe drought exactly like the one we’re going through right now.”
Bennet spoke about Steve Scott from Burlington and Carl Hansen from Livermore whose crops, livestock and bottom lines are suffering in the face of the drought.
Bennet today also sent a letter to House leadership, along with Senator Mark Udall, urging them to take up and pass the 2012 Farm Bill which includes vital resources to assist farmers and ranchers suffering from the drought.