Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 passes Senate Ag committee


U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announce the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was passed out of the Committee with bipartisan support on Wednesday.

The bill would provide reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.

Senator Deb Fisher a member of the committee and the chairman of the Livestock Subcommittee, says she voted in favor of advancing the bill.

“Today I represented Nebraska on the Senate Agriculture Committee as we crafted important legislation for our state, the Senate farm bill.

“This bill continues a strong farm safety net that includes crop insurance, my number one priority going into this process. Additionally, the bill recognizes the importance of our trade promotion programs, and builds upon efforts to enhance agricultural productivity by expanding broadband access in rural America.

“I was also pleased to sponsor several amendments, which were adopted unanimously in the manager’s package, to reward ag producers using efficient water irrigation conservation technology, support precision agriculture, and provide relief for agriculture haulers.

“Overall, I am confident this is a strong, bipartisan bill that would give Nebraska farmers and ranchers the tools and certainty needed to provide food, fuel and fiber to the world.”

Nebraska Appleseed Economic Justice Director James Goddard issued the following statement on the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill:

“The Senate’s new bipartisan farm bill affirms what millions of people across the country already know, that SNAP is an essential tool to reduce hunger and poverty in our country and strengthening SNAP - not cutting it - is the correct choice.

“SNAP helps 1 in 11 Nebraska families get the food they need, and the House’s bill would put many of those struggling Nebraskans, including children, older adults, and people who live with a disability, in danger of going hungry.

“We urge the Senate to continue this positive path forward and pass this bipartisan farm bill with no harmful amendments that restrict or cut SNAP. Furthermore, we call on Sen. Deb Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse to follow the committee’s lead in protecting SNAP by opposing any amendments on the floor that would take away food assistance from Nebraska’s hard-working families who need some help affording the meals they need.”

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