Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national convention regarding the development of the 2018 Farm Bill. Moran encouraged Farm Bureau members to work with their representatives as they develop the new legislation.
He feels that passing a disaster assistance bill for agriculture will set the stage for the 2018 Farm Bill. Moran is hopeful that lawmakers will address contentious issues related to cotton and dairy in the disaster bill and get them out of the way before the farm bill write up.
He’s also telling Farm Bureau members to keep the pressure on Washington D.C. regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement is finished.
Moran says he’s optimistic about developing the 2018 Farm Bill because it’s typically a less-partisan issue than many others.
The House is ahead of the Senate in terms of progress on the farm bill, and the overall timing of the legislation is uncertain. Moran did predict the Senate will release its version of the farm bill in the first few months of 2018.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.