Water Resources Reform and Development Act passes

Monday, October 28, 2013

According to a press release from Missouri Farm Bureau, the House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Reform and Development Act on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The act was passed by a vote of 417 to three in the House. Blake Hurst, president of Missouri Farm Bureau, said this can lead to many benefits for farmers, not just in Missouri, but also across the country.

To keep America competitive in the global marketplace, cost-effective transportation is needed from farm to market and is important to American agriculture. Investments are needed to ensure there is a reliable system of inland waterways and ports.

Ongoing efforts are beings made to achieve common-sense reforms in the Missouri River mitigation/habitat restoration strategies being pursued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies.

Hurst said Congressional leaders are encouraged to move quickly in appointing members to a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate-passed bills. And hopefully, the WRRDA and a new five-year farm bill will be enacted before the end of the year.