H.R. 2, the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) was reported out of committee by a vote of 26-20 (along party lines) on April 18th. It is AFBF’s understanding that the bill could see House floor action in early May.
The following is from President Duvall.
Dear Farm Bureau Member & Advocate,
Members of Congress will be traveling home next week, and they will need to hear from each of you and your county Farm Bureau leaders on the 2018 farm bill. Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee have kept their word and done a great job of getting a strong farm bill to the House of Representatives this spring. Now, it’s time for us to do our part. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) could be up for a vote in the House in as little as two weeks. We need to get the 2018 farm bill across the finish line soon, and there’s a small window of time to do it.
Every member of Congress needs to hear from as many farmers and ranchers as possible when they are back in their home districts next week. The 2018 farm bill still faces the risk of being broken apart and delayed past the current farm bill’s expiration date this fall. This is a risk we cannot take. This legislation is good for agriculture and will bring much-needed certainty to farm and ranch families.
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No member of Congress should be left questioning how important this bill is to the livelihoods of America’s farmers and ranchers. We all know too well the pains caused by the current farm economy. Farm income is less than half of what it was just five years ago, and farmers continue to lose their share of the food dollar. We cannot risk this farm bill getting kicked down the road when farmers and ranchers need it most.
Farm Bureau’s strength is in our grassroots, and now is our time. Please urge your members to make their voices heard by reaching out to lawmakers, whether at face-to-face meetings and townhalls, in emails and via phone calls, social media or all the above. The FB Advocacy page has resources and easy ways for members to engage quickly and effectively.
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