House Approves 2018 Farm Bill, Sends to President’s Desk
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today applauded House passage of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the farm bill.
“In Alabama’s Second District, agriculture is the largest employer. It is imperative that Congress honor our commitments to the hardworking farmers and producers across the country," Representative Roby said. "The 2018 farm bill provides certainty to the American families who work every day to provide the food and fiber we depend on. I was proud to support this legislation on behalf of the farmers I represent, and I am eager to see President Trump sign it into law.”
H.R. 2 improves agriculture policy by:
- Providing a nationwide yield update for Price Loss Coverage (PLC), beginning with the 2020 crop year and allowing PLC to better respond to market conditions;
- Making several key improvements to Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), including increased yield plugs and yield trend adjustments;
- Protecting and improving crop insurance;
- Investing in research, extension, and education projects;
- Protecting farmers from additional costly and burdensome red tape
H.R. 2 also strengthens the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) capacity to combat the opioid crisis and refocuses efforts to expand quality broadband to rural America.
The conference report to accompany H.R. 2 passed the House by a vote of 369-47. The Senate approved the bill yesterday. It now goes to the White House where it awaits President Trump’s signature.