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WASHINGTON – After speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. this weekend, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the Senate floor in support of protecting trade and sending bipartisan disaster relief and farm bill legislation to the president’s desk.

“I appreciated the opportunity to hear from Farm Bureau members about what they hope to see in an upcoming farm bill, as well as to convey my priorities,” said Sen. Moran. “When we talk about a farm bill, we must highlight that there are important components of the legislation – in addition to farm policy and crop insurance – that we must not forget, including rural development, conservation and global food aid, all of which must be prioritized in any reauthorization measures. Farmers and ranchers from across the country expressed their desire for Congress to work together in a bipartisan fashion to get a disaster relief bill, followed by a farm bill, to the president’s desk for signature, and I remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver on this request.”

“In addition to the farm bill, so much of what I heard about at the convention revolved around trade,” continued Sen. Moran. “The reality is many of our farmers and ranchers earn their living by feeding a hungry world. Exports matter to us, and farmers and ranchers conveyed their concerns to me about the potential of a NAFTA withdrawal. We must remember all of the jobs related and important to agriculture. In 2016, Kansas exported more than $4.5 billion worth of agricultural products, supporting more than 36,000 jobs and generating more than $5.7 billion in economic activity. These jobs are imperative to the economic success of our state. I will continue to insist that the administration keep trade a top priority and will continue to discuss the importance of trade to the ag economy with my colleagues.”

Sen. Moran’s floor remarks can be viewed here

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