Ville Platte farmers discussed the new Farm Bill Thursday

Coinciding with Congress’ historic second 2008 farm bill veto override and enactment yesterday, more than 100 rice industry members and others attended USA Rice Federation’s farm bill briefings in Ville Platte and Lake Charles.

Since Monday, more than 200 rice industry members in Texas and Louisiana have heard USA Rice presentations about the safety net, conservation, trade, and energy provisions of The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.

The House and Senate yesterday each reaffirmed its support for the legislation by rejecting President Bush’s second veto by votes of 317-109 and 80-14, respectively. Those override victory margins were very close to the initial ones in May.

All 15 titles of the 2008 farm bill became law yesterday following the veto override.

A large group of rice farmers attended the presentation held at the rice driers in Ville Platte. LSU AgCenter’s Keith Fontenot said Reece Langley, vice president of government affairs for USA Rice; Randy Jemison, USA Rice director for Louisiana field services; and Johnny Broussard, USA Rice director of legislative affairs and communications, spoke with local rice farmers regarding changes to the 2008 farm bill and new provisions found in the bill. Fontenot stated these men traveled to several locations, where rice is a major crop, to discuss these changes with farmers and let them know how they will be affected.

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