Farmers, ranchers and rural Mississippians can now breath a sigh of relief. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed the Farm Bill, and President Donald Trump has signed it into law.
For Mississippi, the 2018 Farm Bill provides for farm policy, land conservation, rural development, and food and nutrition programs. Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick calls this a great piece of legislation at an important time.
“Mississippi farmers are experiencing the fifth consecutive year of low commodity prices, coupled with a tremendous amount of uncertainty in world markets and international trade policy,” McCormick said. “Having a strong safety net for the state’s largest industry is key. That’s what the 2018 Farm Bill does.”
Directly or indirectly, the farm bill benefits everyone. The 2018 farm bill will do much for farmers and ranchers, including:
- Bringing another five years of certainty to farm and ranch families;
- Upholding fiscal responsibility by being budget neutral;
- Improving risk management programs;
- Protecting crop insurance;
- Funding much-needed trade development;
- Investing in the future with funding for agriculture research and beginning farmer programs; and
- Continuing nutrition assistance (three-quarters of total farm bill funding) for lower-income Americans.
“We are grateful to Congress and the President for passing and signing this farm bill,” McCormick said. “Our farmers truly appreciate it! We look forward to working with the team at AFBF and USDA in implementing this new law.”