Farm Bill

Capping months of effort by the Vermont congressional delegation, the basic safety net for dairy farmers when milk prices plummet became law Thursday afternoon when the Senate joined House of Representatives in overriding President Bush’s veto of a new five-year Farm Bill. Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch toasted the victory in the U.S. Capitol with champagne glasses of milk, a tradition that has accompanied the delegation’s earlier victories on dairy support programs. Sanders said, “At a time when family farmers are struggling, and the cost of grain and fuel is soaring, this is enormously important. Not only is this a step forward for family farmers in Vermont and around this country, but a huge step forward for nutrition and addressing the growing hunger problems in America. I thank Senator Leahy for his work on the Agricultural Committee.” For more click here