Frozen Express
Jul. 12, 2012

House ag committee approves farm bill in marathon vote
The Produce News
While you were sleeping, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee marked up its version of the 2012 farm bill during the more than 15-hour marathon session. By a vote of 35-11, the committee approved H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform & Risk Management Act, three weeks after the Senate approved its bill.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted praising the House Agriculture Committee-approved farm bill for expanding USDA's Fruit and Vegetable Program to include frozen fruits and vegetables.

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