June 21, 2018
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on its second vote, 213-211.
Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) has opposed this bill since its release in May. MFU President Gary Wertish issued the following statement:
“Farmers Union is disappointed in this bill, particularly because of the funding cuts it makes to conservation, rural development and renewable energy programs. It does not go far enough to help family farmers in their present time of economic crisis.
“Additionally, the divisive changes made to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program prevented the bill from being done in a bipartisan manner. Our elected officials need to work cooperatively to find solutions, and this Farm Bill was not written that way. We look forward to working with representatives and senators during conference committee to improve the bill, and we thank Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, for his leadership calling for a better, bipartisan bill.”
The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the Farm Bill next week before the Independence Day recess. MFU supports the Senate Bill. President Wertish joined the Full Board of Directors of National Farmers Union today in approving a resolution calling on the Senate to quickly pass the legislation.