Ag Groups Pleased 2018 Farm Bill is Finished

Ag commodity and policy groups across the board are pleased the 2018 Farm Bill is over the finish line. The National Corn Growers Association says it’s pleased farmers can look forward to 2019 with the certainty of a new farm bill in place. An NCGA statement says, “Between depressed commodity prices, record low farm incomes, as well as tariff and trade uncertainty, this is welcome news.” The American Soybean Association is happy with provisions in the bill that maintain the ARC and PLC programs, as well as a strong crop insurance program, funding for Foreign Market Development program, and many of its other priorities. Incoming House Ag Chair Collin Peterson says the new bill provides expanded, affordable risk management options for dairy farmers, as well as permanent, mandatory funding for a host of other valuable programs. The National Cotton Councill says the legislation means the continuation and enhancements of a much-needed safety net, crucial for many producers still dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters in 2018. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says one of the most critical components in the new bill is support for the international promotion of U.S. agricultural products. The American Farm Bureau says the bill improves on risk management programs, invests in research and beginning farmer programs, is budget neutral, and ensures environmental stewardship programs continue to be available.