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Long-Awaited Farm Bill Unveiled

On April 12, 2018, the House released its long-awaited version of the latest Farm Bill (H.R.2). This lengthy legislation contains eleven titles, including the crop insurance title...
April 17, 2018

On April 12, 2018, the House released its long-awaited version of the latest Farm Bill (H.R.2). This lengthy legislation contains eleven titles, including the crop insurance title. The federal crop insurance program would only see minor changes and does not include the billions of dollars in cuts proposed by the administration in its FY 2019 budget.

PIA joined with industry colleagues to issue a joint statement on the introduction of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill) by House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX).

“We applaud the committee’s continued support of crop insurance, and we look forward to working with Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson and the rest of the Committee to get a farm bill with a strong crop insurance title across the finish line,” the statement said.

“One of the top takeaways from the committee’s hearings and listening sessions over the last three years is that farmers and ranchers count crop insurance as their number one risk management tool. In the midst of a depressed farm economy, we are pleased to see that Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee are committed to providing long-term certainty for our producers.”

PIA strongly opposes any cuts to crop insurance and will continue to advocate for the importance of crop insurance and the importance of independent insurance agents in the delivery of the program, throughout the ongoing Farm Bill process.

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