A group representing hundreds of Midwestern dairy farmers issued a statement regarding passage of the farm bill by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The vote for the bill, called the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018,” turns attention to the Senate, which is expected to vote on its version of the bill this month. Both the House and Senate bills include important priorities for dairy farmers, including support for market development programs and a strong farm safety net. The House and Senate must agree on a final bill and the president must sign it for it to become law.
The following comments are from Brody Stapel, president of the board of directors for Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, who farms with his family on a dairy in eastern Wisconsin:
“Farmers need the certainty that a farm bill provides, so we are encouraged that the House took this critical step in moving the process forward. We appreciate the leadership of Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson and everyone who worked so hard to ensure the dairy community’s needs were reflected in this legislation.
“Tariffs, trade negotiations, immigration and other issues of late have kept the ground shaking for many dairy farmers and others in the agricultural community. Reauthorizing a farm bill would bring much-needed stabilization.
“We urge lawmakers from both parties and the president to work together to approve a bill by the Sept. 30 deadline.”