Senator Boxer Statement on the Upcoming Vote on the Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) released the following statement today announcing her support for the farm bill compromise negotiated by Chairman Stabenow:

“Although the farm bill is far from perfect, there are some incredibly important provisions for California – including investments in specialty crops, conservation, and research that will benefit our farmers and rural communities,” Senator Boxer said. 

“Although Senator Stabenow was able to greatly reduce the harm to the nutrition title, it should not have been cut at all and actually should have been increased during these hard times.” 

Some of the elements of the farm bill most important to California include:  

Specialty Crops 

• Citrus Research: $125 million set aside to stop citrus greening, a top priority for California’s Citrus growers
• Specialty Crop Block Grants: $21 million in fiscal year 2014 ($18.2 million in fiscal year 2013)
• Organic Cost Share: $57.5 million over five years
• Farmers’ Market Promotion Program: $150 million over five years
• Pest and Disease Program: $615 million over ten years  

Conservation

• Conservation Compliance tied to Crop Insurance
• Environment Quality Incentives Program – Includes $25 million in mandatory funding for California Air Quality
• Includes Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding
• Pollinator Protector Provisions in EQIP and Technical Assistance 

Research

• Organic Research and Extension Initiative - $100 million mandatory funding and $25 million authorized appropriations per year through 2017

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