On June 10, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2013 Farm Bill (The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013) by a vote of 66-27. A week before the Senate vote ANLA coordinated a letter that included forty-two Lighthouse Program partners (click here to view letter)
and delivered the industry’s message of support for the 2013 Farm Bill. The letter encouraged Senators to pass the bill and highlighted the specialty crop provisions it included. Unlike the traditional subsidies and direct payments for commodity crops, the specialty crop programs support things like crop research, pest and disease management strategies and crop marketing efforts.