Congress has introduced the long-awaited 2018 farm bill, and Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) is urging members to act by Thursday, May 17 to ask U.S. representatives to vote in support of the legislation.
Members can text “MIFARMBILL” to the number 52886 and click on the link provided to enter your information and submit the comments provided to your member of Congress. You can also easily complete the action request on our website.
According to MFB National Legislative Counsel John Kran, the proposal within H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, addresses long-standing issues important to Michigan farmers and recognizes the hardships farmers are facing in the current farm economy, including rising costs and lower commodity prices.
“Overall the bill improves dairy and commodity programs, protects federal crop insurance provisions and streamlines conservation, specialty crop, and research and development programs,” Kran said. “Local member input through our policy development process, paired with the work of our nine-member Farm Bill Taskforce, helped us advocate for provisions beneficial to Michigan agriculture and get us to where we are at this point.”
Kran added that MFB remains committed to working with the state’s Congressional delegation throughout the legislative process to achieve a bipartisan bill that provides certainty for farmers.