The 2018 Farm Bill moved quickly through Congress last week, winning overwhelming bipartisan support from members of the U.S. House (369-44) and U.S. Senate (87-13) and heading to President Trump’s desk.
Approval of a new farm bill has been a top priority for Land O’Lakes, Inc. and our members in recent months. From events with Congressional leaders to member fly-ins, Land O’Lakes members and staff have worked hard to keep up a steady drumbeat of support for approval of a new farm bill this year.
The final product is good news for Land O’Lakes, Inc. and our members, accomplishing a range of key policy priorities. These include:Maintaining a reliable farm safety net and a dependable crop insurance program. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes critical farm safety net programs that support producers facing difficult economic circumstances, with additional improvements and flexibility regarding Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The bill also maintains a strong crop insurance program, an effective and necessary safety net tool for producers nationwide.
These are just a few of the many programs and priorities addressed by the 2018 Farm Bill. From rural development, to conservation, to nutrition and beyond, the Farm Bill impacts every American, every day. A 2018 Farm Bill was especially important for U.S. farmers, rural businesses and rural communities – and thanks to leadership and hard work by Members of Congress from both parties, especially those on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, we head into 2019 with the certainty of a new Farm Bill.
Attention now turns to implementation of the bill. Land O’Lakes will continue to be closely engaged with U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies charged with carrying out key programs under the 2018 Farm Bill, especially on adjustments to the dairy safety net.
Stay tuned for future updates on the new Farm Bill and its programs. In the meantime, members with questions about the new bill can email the Land O’Lakes, Inc. government relations staff by email at email@example.com.