Call on Congress For New Farm Bill

by Zippy Duvall, Farm Bureau President

As farmers know firsthand, the farm bill is essential in keeping our food supply secure. It ensures funding for risk management tools that help family farms hold on through severe weather and volatile markets. This critical legislation also provides access to nutrition for low-income families, funds conservation programs, and invests in agricultural research. The farm bill is a major investment for our nation.

Even though Congress passed an extension of the 2018 farm bill, getting a new farm bill done is still a priority for us. Farmers and ranchers need a modernized farm bill that reflects the changes our industry has gone through in the last five years. It’s time for our lawmakers to step up to pass a farm bill soon.

The farm bill is too important to be kicked down the road. This legislation has been a shining example of bipartisanship in the past. Traditionally, the farm bill has given an opportunity for both sides to put aside their differences to work for the common good of the nation. And they can do it again. Every family in America is counting on them.

The best thing you can do is continue to reach out to your elected officials and tell them how important the farm bill is to your farm. You can share your story about how the farm bill has helped you, and what you would like to see written in the new farm bill. And if you’re not already a Farm Bureau member, we encourage you to join us by going to your local, county Farm Bureau and getting involved. Let’s urge Congress to follow the example of the dedicated farmers and ranchers across this country.