Farm Groups Call for Completion of Farm Bill

With an announced agreement in principle on the farm bill, agriculture groups are calling on Congress to finish the job and pass the farm bill before time runs out this year. The farm bill conference committee announced the agreement Thursday morning that paves the way for a completed farm bill. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall thanked members of the committee and called on the House and Senate to approve the bill once finalized. Duvall says 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 and ranchers. More so, he says, the bill “will help provide certainty to rural America at a time when it is much needed.” National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson expressed optimism in the process, noting NFU is optimistic lawmakers have come to terms on a bill that “begins to provide the relief and certainty farmers need amidst struggling markets due to oversupply and trade volatility.”