The Farm Bill is one of the largest pieces of agricultural legislation that moves through the congressional process in Washington, DC. Farm bills are considered approximately every five years by our congressional leaders. Missouri Farm Bureau supports the passage and enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill as it relates to farmers and ranchers throughout the country. The bill works to provide a basic level of risk protection for farmers. Farm Bills historically contain multiple sections or “titles”, such as commodities, conservation, trade, and crop insurance. The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law on December 20, 2018. Now, work continues to implement many of the new programs and changes that were put into law.
The 2018 Farm Bill included many of Missouri Farm Bureau’s priorities, including strengthening protections for our dairy producers, maintaining the crop insurance program, and providing additional funding for broadband projects. Very few major changes were made to commodity safety net programs. The bill also authorized an Animal Health Vaccine Bank with a focus on developing a vaccine for Foot and Mouth Disease. MOFB is working with USDA officials on implementing these changes and setting up programs that are new to this farm bill.