The two-year budget deal passed by Congressional leaders is key for agriculture, including farm program fixes, disaster aid and tax break extenders. American Farm Bureau budget adviser, RJ Karney, looks at some of the key program fixes needed to write the next farm bill.
Karney says AFBF and Ag Committee leaders were also behind a fix for cotton, to make producers eligible for ARC and PLC payments. The bill also included 90-billion in disaster aid, much of it for farmers and ranchers.
And, tax extenders.
And the budget deal included 6-billion to fight opioid addiction—a big problem in rural, not just urban areas, plus a way forward for future funding of land and water infrastructure projects.
(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters)