Agriculture organizations across the country are already turning their attention to the development of the 2018 farm bill. AFBF is putting together some early policy ideas in anticipation of testimony before the House and Senate Ag Committees as early as next spring.

In a recent Newsline, Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of congressional relations with AFBF, explained some of the changes Farm Bureau would like to see in the 2018 farm bill compared to the 2014 law.

“We’ve heard from our cotton producers and our dairy folks, that they don’t think the new programs that were put into effect are working for them,” Thatcher said. There has been “fairly low participation in both programs and most folks feeling like they just don’t provide an adequate safety net.”