U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced on Thursday the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote.
“Today marks an important day for farm country. We are one step closer to providing farmers and ranchers a farm bill with the certainty and predictability they deserve,” said Chairman Roberts. “I thank my partner in this journey, Ranking Member Stabenow, as well as many of our Senate colleagues who offered leadership and expertise. I am proud we have a strong, budget neutral farm bill with broad support.”
The Senate Agriculture Committee favorably reported out the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the farm bill, on June 13, 2018. The bipartisan 5-year legislation encompasses a broad array of agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. Click here to read the legislation, summaries, and amendments. Source: agriculture.sentate.gov.
Kevin Kester, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, released the following statement in response to passage of the Senate Farm Bill:
“Today’s successful Senate vote is another step forward for the Farm Bill, but much work remains to address the priorities of American cattlemen and women. While the Senate version includes permanent authorization of the Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank, zero dollars are provided. The Senate version also left out important changes to the Conservation Title that were included in the House version of the bill. We appreciate all the Senate’s work on behalf of cattle producers, but the House bill includes provisions of critical importance to NCBA members.”