Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst made the following statement regarding the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill:

“Farmers and ranchers across Missouri are breathing a sigh of relief today as Congress has approved the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report. It is no secret that this has been a tough year for the farm economy, but passage of this bill provides clarity and certainty looking forward in our industry. Missouri Farm Bureau is pleased to see that several priority issues were included in the final bill, including protection of the crop insurance program.

“Last week, at our Annual Meeting, Missouri Farm Bureau members focused on a theme of gratitude. While our industry has faced many uncertain situations in the past, we are grateful to our congressional leaders and colleagues who have worked tirelessly to ensure this bill got across the finish line. In addition to providing support for farm programs, this bill also funds critical international market development programs, and contains key provisions related to rural broadband projects that were championed by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who served as a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee.

“We look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law, and working with our partners to ensure that farmers and ranchers are able to utilize these important safety net programs.”