The Senate Agriculture Committee’s approval of its farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042), on Wednesday provides light on the horizon for struggling farmers and ranchers, according to AFBF.
“Low commodity prices, rising interest rates and an uncertain future for exports hang heavy over America’s farm and ranch land,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said in a statement. “We know that Congress is determined to see us continue to provide food security, fuel and fiber for all Americans.”
Noting how Democrats and Republicans on the committee came together in support of the bill, Duvall said he hoped that spirit of cooperation would prevail when the legislation is considered on the Senate floor in the coming weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he plans to hold a vote before the chamber goes into its July 4 recess.