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Hartzler: 2018 Farm Bill Text Released
Missouri Ag Connection - 04/13/2018

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced the release of the 2018 Farm Bill. This Farm Bill will ensure American maintains the safest, most abundant food supply in the world, invests in rural communities by expanding access to rural broadband, and provides nutritious meals to those in poverty while making a historic investment in getting able bodied working adults they skills they need to succeed.

"Today is the first step towards getting a five-year Farm Bill passed before the next fiscal year begins in September. Farmers, especially in Missouri, have been struggling with low prices over the past few seasons, and it's essential we get this bill done in time to ensure they can continue to produce an abundance of food for the entire world. This reauthorization also continues to feed those in need, modernize SNAP eligibility requirements, and make a historic investment in job training programs for able-bodied adults receiving assistance through the SNAP program. I look forward to marking up next week's Farm Bill with a full and open amendment process."

The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up the bill text on April 18. A link to a live feed of the mark-up can be found on the House Agriculture Committee website on the day of the mark-up.

For more on this bill go to: https://agriculture.house.gov/farmbill/

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement on the release of the 2018 Farm Bill:

"I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. The trend of low commodity prices over recent years and headlines about trade disputes have caused anxiety among agricultural producers these days, so this legislation is critically important to give them some much-needed reassurance. In my travels across the country, I have found that farmers have confidence in President Trump's ability to negotiate strong trade deals with other nations, but they also want a strong, bipartisan Farm Bill that puts their needs above Washington, D.C. politics.

"While there is still much work to be done, I am pleased that this Farm Bill aligns with many of the principles USDA released in January. I look forward to working with the Agriculture Committees and members of Congress from both sides to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill in a timely fashion to provide the needed support and certainty to our farmers. The Trump Administration has made rural prosperity a priority for the country, and a Farm Bill that works for agriculture is a key component of the agenda."

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