Agriculture Energy Coalition Thanks Senate Agriculture Committee for Funding Farm Bill Energy Programs

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Agriculture Energy Coalition applauded Sen. Amy Klobuchar
(D-MN) and several other Senators for offering an amendment to the
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 that will reauthorize mandatory
funding for farm bill energy title programs. The amendment was
co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of committee members, including Sens.
Tina Smith (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer
(R-NE), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Bob Casey
(R-PA).

The amendment follows a letter sent last week to the Senate Committee on
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and
Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) calling for fair funding for the
programs, which was spearheaded by Sens. Smith and Ernst.

Lloyd Ritter, director of the Agriculture Energy Coalition, states:

“The Coalition thanks all of the Senators for their strong, bipartisan
leadership on this amendment. The farm bill energy title programs
support more than 1.5 million U.S. workers who manufacture biobased
products. The programs have helped rural business, farms and ranches
secure more than $5 billion in private investment to adopt new renewable
energy technologies and generate economic opportunities.

“We look forward to working with the Senate and House to ensure that the
final farm bill includes an Energy Title, with stable mandatory funding
and necessary updates for the vital programs.”

Contacts

Agriculture Energy Coalition
Lloyd Ritter, 202-215-5512