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Farm Bureau urging quick farm bill approval

Category: Politics

by Dennis Rudat | Farm News Media

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GRAND RAPIDS – With 10 days left in the current legislative session for Congress to approve the 2018 Farm Bill, House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) issued a joint announcement today on farm bill negotiations.

“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill,” the statement read. “We are working to finalize legal and report language as well as CBO scores, but we still have more work to do. We are committed to delivering a new farm bill to America as quickly as possible.”

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said the 2018 farm bill finally emerging from the conference committee is good news for farmers amid a prolonged downturn in the agricultural economy.

“Chairmen Roberts and Conaway and Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson made the bill a priority for this Congress, and all Americans — farmers and consumers — are better off for it,” Duvall said. “Continued access to risk management tools, assistance in foreign market development, and conservation and environmental stewardship programs within the legislation are especially important for farmers.”

According to Duvall, quick approval of a new farm bill would provide certainty to a struggling rural American economy, while providing assistance to low-income children, families, seniors and military veterans to access the high-quality foods produced by farm families.

“Farmers continue to face challenges outside of the farm bill,” Duvall said. “Every day we struggle to find the workers we need. Exports were once a backbone of U.S. agriculture, but we now face an uphill battle reclaiming our once robust market share.”

“We urge Congress to continue working on these issues to maintain our nation’s food security and continue agriculture’s significant contributions to U.S. job creation and economic growth,” Duvall added. “The farm bill and ag policy broadly remain bipartisan matters and we encourage both houses of Congress to approve this bill once it is finalized by House and Senate Ag Leaders.”