The Montana Farm Bureau is pleased the 2018 Farm Bill has passed the Senate.

“Today is a great day because the 2018 Farm Bill has passed the Senate in a timely manner,” said MFBF President Hans McPherson. “We are very thankful for Senator Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines’ support of this bill. Farmers and ranchers face a challenging agricultural economy and are concerned about our export markets. At least the passage of this bill is some bright news for ag.”

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said, “Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow worked with other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to deliver a bill that will continue to provide the risk management tools that America’s farmers need more than ever before. And the fact that Leader McConnell agreed this should be a legislative priority helped move this very important bill forward in the Senate.”

“Of course, no bill is ever perfect, but this bipartisan effort gives us a solid framework for progress,” said Duvall. “We do have concerns about some of the provisions that were added to the bill that make it harder for farmers to manage risk, but we are confident that those issues can be satisfactorily addressed by the House/Senate conference committee. We look forward to working with conferees from both houses to get the best possible farm bill done for rural America.”