Congressional work on the 2018 Farm Bill is well underway. Michigan Farm Bureau staff continues to work with a nine-person, member task force to understand what has been working well within the current farm bill programs and what challenges and growth opportunities exist.
Contact: John Kran, (517) 679-5336
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee passed their version of the 2018 Farm Bill on April 18: Learn more.
The American Farm Bureau Federation submitted a letter of support for H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 that outlines the organization's member-developed overarching farm bill goals.
Congressional Budget Office updates Farm Bill math: The projections identify expected costs associated with programs important to farmers including the crop insurance, conservation and more.
Budget package good for agriculture and consumers: The bill included improvements to the dairy margin protection program, ARC county pilot, and the tree assistance program.
Member farm bill experts take Michigan priorities to D.C.
Michigan boasts 51,400 farms that cover 9.9 million acres. In 2014, sales of farm and ranch products contributed $8,904,126 to the state’s economy.
The farm bill touches everyone in Michigan. It is targeted to farmers, used to support infrastructure and economic development in rural communities, incentivizes maintenance of good conservation practices and helps provide access to food for those less fortunate and breakfasts and lunches for school children.