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2018 Farm Bill on the move

The long-awaited mark up of the 2018 Farm Bill came Wednesday in the House Agriculture Committee.

House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX 11th District) addressed reporters after the 2018 Farm Bill was marked up and sent to the full House. Chairman Conaway reflected that it has taken three years and 114 meetings to get to this point. Conaway is aware that not everybody on the committee is on board with the bill. This primarily stems from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Conaway said there was not much change to the non-SNAP portions of the Farm Bill, just a few tweaks.

Cotton and dairy were taken care of through the disaster bill earlier this year.

Updates to the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) allow for use of better county data and adjustments for yield based on drought

A change to the conservation titles does away with the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and puts more funding into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

We will delve more into Chairman Conaway’s remarks on the newly marked up Farm Bill next week.