The National Association of Wheat Growers called the defeat “stunning and calls into question how long-term farm policy will be enacted before a current one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill expires on Sept. 30. After the vote, both House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., vowed to press onward in their chamber, though neither offered a plan B for the bill. Like most in the farm community, NAWG is in the process of evaluating legislative options and determining how best to support lawmakers in the coming weeks and months of debate.”

The American Soybean Association encouraged both parties to find a way to pass a farm bill. “It is incumbent on both Republicans and Democrats to find a way forward for American agriculture.”

ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss, issued the following statement: “Today’s failure leaves the entire food and agriculture sector in the lurch. Once again, the nation’s soybean farmers and the 23 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture are left holding the bag.

“This bill would have reinforced the farm safety net, promoted our products in foreign markets, strengthened the fast-growing biodiesel industry, (and) enhanced conservation programs.”

ASA also noted the advantages of a “stable, affordable and safe supply of food, feed, fiber and fuel that it would have ensured for all Americans. Now, none of those benefits can be realized and a debilitating uncertainty extends from farmers to consumers as we all face the expiration of farm bill programs on Sept. 30.”