Montana Farm Bureau is praising the Senate for passing the 2018 farm bill today. Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson and MFBF National Affairs Director Nicole Rolf who are in Washington, D.C this week, expressed their appreciation for Senator Steve Daines and Senator John Tester who both voted to pass the bill. McPherson said the 2018 farm bill offers comprehensive provisions that support production agriculture including risk management, crop insurance and programs to facilitate market development. 

“We are pleased to see the Farm Bill making its way closer to the finish line. It has been a long, rigorous process, but it has been a good one,” noted Rolf. “The result of the conference committee is a bill that is great for Montana’s farmers and ranchers, as well as all the consumers in this country. We are asking for swift passage through the House and for the 2018 Farm Bill to be signed into law before the end of the year.” 

The American Farm Bureau praised the passage, as well. “This 2018 farm bill is a complete package – one that will serve all Americans,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Farm and ranch families in particular will find a good degree of risk management support they need to help them weather the prolonged downturn in the agricultural economy that many of us are facing. Next year, we are going to face continued challenges across farm and ranch country, and this new farm bill gives us the tools we will need to weather this ongoing storm.” 

“We are thankful the agriculture committees have stayed true to their mission to serve the American farmer and rancher and our nation’s consumers,” Duvall said. “We call on Congress to pass the final bill, and we encourage President Trump to sign it.”