Congress approves Farm Bill offering support for rural farms across the nation, Washington state

Congress approves Farm Bill offering support for rural farms across the nation, Washington state

In a 369-47 vote, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill (Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2 – Agriculture Improvement Act) to the desk of President Donald Trump, which is slated to be signed into law. The bill offers studies to include hops in farming insurance policies, new coverage levels for dairy production and hastens environmental reviews to protect forests across the U.S. The bill also legalizes the production of hemp.

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) spoke in front of Congress in support of the bill, turning to his constituents in rural Washington.

“With this conference agreement to the Farm Bill, I can go back to my District and confidently report to my constituents that we have provided a strong foundation to help our farmers survive a 50-percent drop in net farm income over the past five years,” Newhouse said in a press release.

The bill includes sections which are expected to protect an increase in agriculture innovation funding, allotting additional funding for animal disease prevention and reducing wildfire threat by eliminating hazardous fuels in U.S. forests.

For additional information on the bill, click here.

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