The American Soybean Association was pleased that the Senate Ag Committee passed its proposed Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The ASA is calling for swift passage by the full Senate. “Soybean farmers across the country are in need of certainty during this time of low crop prices and volatile conditions affecting our export markets,” says ASA Vice President Davie Stephens. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association will be focusing on support for the bipartisan farm bill when the group hosts its annual D.C. Fly-In. “USCA appreciates the work that the Senate Ag Committee leadership did in seeking input from all groups and stakeholders in drafting this bill,” says USCA President Kenny Graner.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall released the following statement:
“Farmers and ranchers welcome today’s markup and passage of the farm bill by the Senate Agriculture Committee. Low commodity prices, rising interest rates and an uncertain future for exports hang heavy over America’s farm and ranch land. But today’s vote means light on the horizon. We know that Congress is determined to see us continue to provide food security, fuel and fiber for all Americans.
“We applaud the spirit of cooperation shown in today’s 20-1 vote, and are eager to see that carry through on the floor of the Senate in the coming days. The American Farm Bureau Federation thanks Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for bringing this important legislation forward. Farmers and ranchers are counting on our lawmakers to come together and pass the farm bill soon, followed quickly by the President’s signature.”