Groups React to Senate Farm Bill Passage

The nation’s Ag groups reacted positively to the Senate passing its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, but all said there is still a lot of work to do. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says his group is pleased by the outcome, saying, “Family farmers and ranchers are in need of some certainty. The Senate’s version of the Farm Bill includes several encouraging provisions.” American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall is pleased that the final farm bill is one step closer to the finish line. “It was time for some good news and the Senate delivered it in a bipartisan fashion,” Duvall says. “While we do have some concerns, no bill is perfect, but this bipartisan effort gives us a solid framework for progress.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says this is another step forward for the 2018 Farm Bill. “Much work remains to address the priorities of cattle producers,” says NCBA President Kevin Kester. “The House version of the bill contains more provisions of critical importance to cattle producers than the Senate version does.” Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts says Congress is one step closer to providing producers with the certainty and predictability they deserve. Ag Committee member Chuck Grassley of Iowa says the bill gives American farmers a number of victories, including funding programs to promote American agricultural products overseas to increase exports.