Senate Releases Farm Bill Language
June 8, 2018
The Senate Agricultural Committee today released the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — their version of the Farm Bill. CAFB will release its complete analysis after the bill makes it out of the Committee’s June 13 convening. Below is the press release from the Senate Agriculture Committee:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today released the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The Committee will meet to consider the legislation at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on June 13. Click here to watch live.
“When Ranking Member Stabenow and I started this journey in Manhattan, Kansas, last year, we made a commitment to make tough choices and produce a good, bipartisan Farm Bill,” said Chairman Roberts. “I’m pleased that today marks a big step in the process to get a Farm Bill reauthorized on time.”
“Whether it’s low prices, over burdensome regulations, or unpredictable trade markets, it’s no secret that farmers and ranchers are struggling. That’s why we need a Farm Bill that works for all producers across all regions. Simply put, our producers need predictability – and that’s just what our bill provides.”
“From day one, Chairman Roberts and I agreed we would craft a bipartisan bill that works for farmers, families, and rural communities,” said Ranking Member Stabenow. “The 2018 bipartisan Senate Farm Bill goes above and beyond to provide certainty for rural America and our diverse agricultural economy in Michigan and throughout the country.”
“From revitalizing small towns, to promoting good stewardship of our land and water, to expanding local food economies, this Farm Bill is a major bipartisan victory.”
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 provides certainty and predictability for producers across all regions, as well as those in need of assistance, by:
Providing Certainty for Farmers, Ranchers, and Growers
Strengthening Integrity and Food Access for Families
Strengthening Voluntary Conservation and Forest Management
Investing in Rural America
Growing the Diversity of the American Agricultural Economy
Click here to read the legislation and a section-by-section summary.
Click here to watch the Committee’s hearings in preparation for the Farm Bill.
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