Two members of the Utah Farm Bureau were invited to attend the signing of the Farm Bill (re: Agriculture Improvement Act) into law yesterday. Joel & Becca Ferry of Box Elder County have had many experiences with how the Farm Bill helps with conservation projects that benefit Utah land and water. Farm from being direct subsidizing of agriculture, it's important to remember that approximately 80% of the bill's funding goes to food assistance programs. In large measure, it benefits all consumers.
(At the signing of the Farm Bill, from left to right: Becca Ferry, AFBF President Zippy Duvall, and Joel Ferry).
“The farm bill helps to ensure the food security and economic security of our nation," said Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau. "Directly or indirectly, it benefits everyone in towns large and small."
The Agriculture Improvement Act—H.R. 2—is now law. Enactment means risk management tools, foreign market development and environmental stewardship programs continue to be available, and on terms that reflect a much tougher farm economy than the one we faced when the last farm bill became law.
This farm bill:
- Brings another five years of certainty to farm and ranch families;
- Upholds fiscal responsibility by being budget neutral;
- Improves risk management programs;
- Protects crop insurance;
- Funds much-needed trade development;
- Invests in the future with funding for ag research and beginning farmer programs; and
- Continues nutrition assistance (three-quarters of total farm bill funding) for lower-income Americans.
“We are grateful to President Trump for his support. We also thank Chairmen Roberts and Conaway and Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson for producing legislation that passed with strong, bi-partisan support. We look forward to working with Agriculture Secretary Perdue as he and his team at USDA implement this law and put new program provisions in place quickly,” Duvall added.