Guenther said Reps. Jim Costa, D-Calif., and Steve Sutherland, R-Fla., also supported the amendment and expressed concerns the committee had overreached on the issue of adding processed fruits and vegetables.
Mirroring similar language in the Senate farm bill, Cardoza offered an amendment that was approved by the committee that directs the USDA to study the feasibility of food safety insurance that would cover producers’ losses resulting from recalls they did not cause.
Guenther said the House has a short window to pass the farm bill, with the House leadership expected to decide by late July whether to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
Highlghts of House 2012 farm bill
- Specialty crop block grants at $70 million per year.
- Specialty crop research initiative at $25 million in fiscal 2013; $30 million 2014; $65 million in 2015; and $50 million in fiscal.
- Plant pest and disease programs at $71.5 million starting in fiscal 2013. This is an increase over the Senate version.
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at 2008 farm bill levels.
- Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion program.
- Section 32 specialty crop purchases at 2008 farm bill levels.
- Defense Department’s Fresh Program at 2008 farm bill levels.
Source: United Fresh Produce Association