AFBF Comments on 2018 Farm Bill Introduction

27785818639_cc8c9b5d6a_oOn Thursday the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conway released details on H.R. 2, the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill).  It is Virginia Farm Bureau’s understanding that the bill will be marked up next Wednesday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m.

Introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill is a critical first step in getting a Farm Bill done this year.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall released the following statement on this week’s release of the 2018 Farm Bill by the House Agriculture Committee:

“Today’s release by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) assures America’s farmers and ranchers that congressional agriculture leaders recognize the economic challenges our producers face.

“Farm Bureau is pleased to see meaningful adjustments to the current farm bill’s provisions for dairy and the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, as well as new provisions for cotton farmers included in the commodity title. We also appreciate improvements proposed for federal crop insurance. There are additional provisions aimed at improving conservation programs, the specialty crops program and research and rural development programs that will benefit our members across the nation.

“The House Agriculture Committee’s proposed 2018 farm bill shows the committee is aware of a farm economy teetering on a knife’s edge. The legislation released today will assist farmers and ranchers battered by commodity prices that often do not cover the costs of production. This is one step to bring certainty to our farmers when we face challenges from many different directions. There are still details to be worked out, and we stand ready to work closely with leadership and members of the committee to move forward. We urge Congress to complete a new farm bill soon that promotes food security, a strong farm economy and the thousands of jobs that are supported by America’s agricultural productivity.”

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