NCBA Supports the New Farm Bill
The House and Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill that addresses a wide range of government programs, from farming to nutrition assistance to trade and energy.
The five-year farm bill is monumental legislation that addresses a wide range of areas including farming, nutrition, conservation, trade, energy and forestry. Passage came after months of negotiations to merge the drastically different versions passed by the House and Senate earlier this year.
Alison Rivera with the NCBA says they are very happy with the bill.
"America's cattlemen and women want common sense and certainty from Congress this holiday season and throughout the year - today they received that through the passage of the Farm Bill. Certainty that a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank will be authorized and funded. Certainty that important conservation programs will be reauthorized and funded. And certainty that trade promotion and access to foreign markets will remain a priority in the years to come.
"On behalf of all of our producers, I want to sincerely thank every Member of Congress who supported the Farm Bill - especially U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, who all worked together across party lines for the past two-plus years. It wasn't always easy, but we truly appreciate all your hard work."
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also seems pretty happy with the new farm bill, saying, "The passage of the 2019 Farm Bill is good news because it provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers, who need the dependability and certainty this legislation affords."