Farm Bill Expected To Pass In April

Posted on March 28th, 2018 by Rhonda Meier

Recently, I was fortunate enough to spend the morning in Washington DC at an event discussing the upcoming Farm Bill. The headlining speakers for this discussion were Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA).  In addition, House Agricultural Committee Members Rodney Davis (R-IL), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Ted Yoho (R-FL) participated in a panel discussion on the proposed legislation’s issues and policies. 

All of the speakers expected this legislation to go to vote sometime after the spring break, so in April start watching for trending policy discussions around Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), crop insurance, conservation, effects of trade and tariffs on commodities, agriculture research and rural broadband expansion.  For those wondering the scope of a Farm Bill, below is a projection chart for how the 2014 Farm Act was apportioned.

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Farm Bill Chart

Farm Bill Chart