On Tuesday, I voted in favor of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Times have been tough in ag communities – the weather has not been our friend this year, and commodity prices are down. Escalating trade tensions have also caused a strain on Kansas’ ag economy.
This Farm Bill, which protects crop insurance, will be helpful to ag producers by strengthening the farm safety net and encouraging responsible land stewardship through conservation programs. Kansas farmers and ranchers need this certainty of a five-year Farm Bill.
I am also pleased the Conference Report included my Emergency Conservation Program provisions to increase the amount of assistance in times of disaster and allow payments for fences to be made in advance.
In addition, the bill supports key rural development initiatives, including a pilot program within USDA to bolster broadband deployment.
On Wednesday, the House passed the Farm Bill, and I encourage the President to sign this legislation into law.