Dec 11 2018
WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a farm bill conferee, released the following statement on the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill:
“This is welcome news for farmers, ranchers, rural Americans and consumers. Farmers and ranchers across the country have been dealing with low commodity prices, high input costs, volatile weather events and an uncertain trade environment. This farm bill will bring much-needed certainty and predictability to farm policy for the next five years.
We worked hard, in a bipartisan manner, to reach consensus on a final version that will deliver for those who earn their livelihood in the agricultural economy, protect key risk management tools and maintain strong farm policy for producers of all stripes.
I commend Chairmen Roberts and Conaway, as well as Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson, for their commitment to finishing this bill, and their diligence to ensure that harmful policy changes were excluded from the final conference report. As a result of their leadership, we are well on our way to sending a farm bill to the president’s desk that meets the diverse needs of producers across all regions of the country.”