Congress has introduced the long-awaited Farm Bill (H.R. 2) and it addresses many long-standing issues important to farmers and ranchers:
- The bill would improve dairy and Agriculture Risk Coverage programs.
- Much-needed help for cotton farmers is included in the commodity title.
- The bill proposes improvements to federal crop insurance.
- Additional proposals include improving conservation programs, the specialty crop program and research and development programs.
This legislation recognizes the hardships farmers are facing due to the current farm economy crisis. Farmers and ranchers have faced rising costs and lower commodity prices for several years running. As a result, farm income is less than half what it was five years ago.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, “H.R. 2—the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018—takes us one step closer to bringing certainty to families who face the toughest farm economy in more than a decade.”
The Farm Bill faces challenges including potentially being broken apart and delays that would prevent it from passing before the existing Farm Bill expires this fall.
Farm Bureau will work with members of both the House and Senate to complete work on a bipartisan, bicameral bill that can be signed into law to sustain our nation’s food security.
YOUR message to Congress will help keep the Farm Bill moving forward and prevent any delays!
To take action, go here: https://www.fb.org/advocacy/farmbill/