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House and Senate conferees concluded negotiations yesterday on the long overdue and much anticipated Farm Bill (The Agricultural Act of 2014).  The legislation includes several important measures and spending increases for the specialty crop industry including:  research, pest and disease prevention, state block grants, and child nutrition.  The conference report is expected to be voted on in the House tomorrow and in the Senate on Friday. ACTION IS NEEDED BY YOU to ensure its passage in both chambers. 

Although the conference committee negotiations are complete, passage of the Farm Bill in both the House and Senate is not certain.  We urge you to contact your members of Congress and ask for them to vote “YES” on the Farm Bill.  

Send a message to your senators and representatives NOW!   Or you may want to contact their offices by phone.  Call the Capitol switchboard and ask for your Senator or Congressperson by name (202) 224-3121.

About the Author

Dennis Nuxoll

Dennis Nuxoll serves Western Growers in Washington, D.C. as the vice president of federal government affairs. Nuxoll has more than 15 years of experience as an attorney, Congressional staffer and agricultural lobbyist. 

Immediately prior to joining Western Growers, Nuxoll was the Senior Director of Federal Policy for the American Farmland Trust, an organization that works on agriculture, environmental and rural development issues. In addition to his post at the American Farmland Trust, Nuxoll previously served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus marshalling the Senator’s agricultural as well as agricultural trade issues. As an attorney with Stewart and Stewart Law Offices in Washington, D.C., among the clients he represented were agricultural interests ranging from cattle to wheat to tomatoes to flowers. 

Nuxoll received his law degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science and history. 

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