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House Passes $867B Farm Bill, Sends it to Trump

NAWG applauds Congress for quick action and bipartisan votes

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The House on Wednesday passed an $867 billion farm bill to help those in the agricultural industry, sending the legislation to President Trump for a signature.

The Hill reports the measure easily passed the lower chamber by a 369-47 vote.

The legislation, which passed the Senate in an 87-13 vote on Tuesday, expands farm subsidies and includes language legalizing hemp production.

It also provides funding for farmers markets and programs for organic farmers as well as authorizes funding for nutrition programs over the next five years.

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds the Senate and House of Representatives for their quick action and bipartisan votes on the Farm Bill conference report and calls on President Trump to sign the bill into law as quickly as possible.

โ€œHistorically low prices, trade instability, and the current weather challenges are all weighing heavily on the minds of growers,โ€ says Jimmie Musick, NAWG president and Sentinel, OK, wheat farmer. โ€œThe 2018 farm bill provides the certainty they need to get through these arduous times and many of the programs within the bill can help growers stay in business.โ€

Additionally, NAWG is pleased to see that the conference report increases funding for research of Fusarium head blight to the amount of $15 million for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.

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