Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Farm Bill

Apr 19, 2018 | COMMUNICATIONS •

Rural America is hurting. Natural disasters and distorted global markets have created huge production losses and chronically low prices that are threatening the future of America’s farmers and ranchers.

That’s why House Republicans are taking action.

The Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the Farm Bill, keeps the faith with our nation’s farmers while also ensuring that Americans continue to enjoy the most abundant and affordable food supply in the world.

The Farm Bill also includes specific improvements to help Americans who struggle every week to put food on the table by including reforms to help lift people out of poverty and into the workforce.

With the Farm Bill, we are fulfilling our commitment to the American people. This legislation champions our farmers, ranchers, consumers, and those seeking to climb the economic ladder.

Here’s what it does…

    1. It creates 35 improvements to SNAP, most notably, strengthening and streamlining existing work requirements for capable adults (this excludes seniors, individuals with disabilities, those caring for young children, and those who are pregnant) to increase opportunities for SNAP recipients.
    2. It strengthens the suite of rural development initiatives and authorizes funding for rural broadband.
    3. It maintains and strengthens investment in trade promotion initiatives to build upon the nation’s $140 billion in annual agricultural exports, while improving U.S. food trade.
    4. It prioritizes working-lands conservations by retaining and folding the best features of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
    5. It strengthens the farm safety net to help farmers and ranchers weather a 5-year recession, depressed prices and a 52-percent drop in net farm income.
    6. It streamlines and reduces regulatory burdens on our nation’s farmers and ranchers.
    7. It protects crop insurance.
    8. It protects the health of our nation’s livestock by establishing a new National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program.
    9. It protects America’s specialty and organic crops by restoring funding for Technical Assistance for Special Crops (TASC), expanding special crop insurance policies, and making key improvements to research and grant programs, among other things.
    10. It maintains several provisions to help beginning farmers and ranchers establish themselves in agriculture.

We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think of the Farm Bill now!

To learn more about the Farm Bill, visit https://agriculture.house.gov/farmbill/.