Senator Brown, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee believes that the work done by the Super Committee late last year could be the catalyst to pass a Farm Bill in 2012. Brown told the County Presidents direct payments are history, but there will be other provisions to provide the necessary safety net, including the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management Act (ARRM), a bill introduced by Senator Brown and Senator Thune of South Dakota.
“Our bill that will really provide the right kind of safety net that farm groups generally agree on now,” said Senator Brown. “It was written by a Republican from South Dakota (John Thune) and me as a Democrat from Ohio and then two other Senators, one from each party, from Indiana (Senator Lugar) and Illinois (Senator Durbin), so I think with all the partisanship in the Senate and the House I think this is one that can transcend that.”
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