Yesterday, with a vote of 213-211, the House of Representatives passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jimmie Musick made the following statement:
“NAWG commends the House of Representatives for working to move the farm bill forward and passed out of the Chamber. It’s vital for a final farm bill to be reauthorized before the Sept. 30 deadline, so that farmers can have access to these beneficial programs.
“Crop insurance is a unique risk management tool available for farmers and ranchers. NAWG continues to advocate for a strong crop insurance program and continued choice between ARC and PLC in the final version of the bill.
“NAWG continues working to ensure that a final farm bill includes provisions that provide financial incentives for farmers to adopt conservation practices into their operations. We also support continued reauthorization of the Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative and other important research programs which could lead to innovative technologies to help growers combat pests, disease, and even drought.
“Additionally, NAWG is pleased that the legislation includes funding for the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program and will continue to advocate for increased resources for both.
“We hope to see similar movement in the full Senate soon and will continue to work with members once both bills go to conference.”