Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Historic Farm Bill Passes House, Benefits in Store for Florida

May 14, 2008
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today the House of Representatives passed the 2008 Farm Bill Conference Report.  Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) is a strong supporter of this Farm Bill and made the following statement:

“For the first time, Congress was able to pass a Farm Bill that benefits the unique Agriculture needs of Florida,” said Diaz-Balart.  “This is one piece of legislation that will have a direct impact in our community, especially in areas like Homestead and Immokalee.  Nursery growers and fruit and vegetable farmers will see substantial benefits.”

Diaz-Balart was a member of the Farm Bill Working Group, along with Congressmen Adam Putnam and Allen Boyd of Florida, which helped gather consensus among Florida’s diverse agricultural sectors for Farm Bill priorities.  For the first time, approximately $3 billion will be invested in specialty crops, pest and disease research, marketing promotion, nutrition programs, and conservation priorities.  Florida is home to more than 250 specialty crops grown throughout the state, many of which are produced in Florida’s 25th District. 

“I am grateful that the various agricultural sectors in Florida came together with a unified voice to support this bill and that Congress was able to pass it.”