Representative Bustos discusses farm bill with local farmers

By Alyssa Donovan

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is working to pass a nutrition bill and move a comprehensive bill into conference with the senate.

Bustos met with local farmers on Friday to hear what their needs are when it comes to passing a 5 year farm bill.

Bustos says the big concern among the farmers is uncertainty; a 5 year farm bill gives them a secure future.

A split version of the farm bill has been voted on by the house that separates farm policy from food stamps.

Bustos says the next step is to get the 2 versions from the senate and the house in a conference committee to negotiate the differences.

Bustos said, “The reason that the nutrition program has been coupled with the overall farm bill is because they are intertwined. This is what farmers do they produce food to feed not just Illinois and America but the world. We've got to bring those two back together so that members of congress that represent more urban areas understand the importance of agriculture."

Local Farmer Ron Moore said, “It gives certainty to farmers and the rural economy with the federal crop insurance program and it also gives certainty to the consuming public that we can provide them with a safe nutritious food supply."

Bustos says if a farm bill cannot be voted on there will be another extension.