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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today hailed the passage of the federal farm bill, saying it includes his recommendations that fit the unique needs of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry. Congress passed the bill on Feb. 4.
"Farmers and agribusinesses drive Pennsylvania's economy, with $68 billion in total economic impact annually," said Corbett. "I commend Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, especially Congressman Glenn G.T. Thompson, for their leadership on behalf of agriculture and the many citizens who depend on the farm bill.
"I urge the President to sign this bill as soon as possible, because it helps ensure our farmers remain competitive."
Many of the enhancements in the bill were recommendations by Governor Tom Corbett. For the past three years, the governor has been asking Congress for improved provisions based on listening sessions and meetings with agricultural leaders.
"We've been working with Congress to pass a bill that would fit the unique farming needs of the northeast," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "While long overdue, this bill is good for Pennsylvania agriculture."
Including the provisions recommended by Governor Corbett, the farm bill:
"This farm bill anticipates our nutrition, conservation, commodity and risk management needs for the future," said Governor Corbett. "I look forward to supporting these programs at the state level, allowing us to continue our legacy of national leadership in agriculture."
Owen McEvoy, Governor's Office; 717- 783-1116
Samantha Elliott Krepps, Agriculture; 717-787-5085
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