(Posted Thu. Dec 20th, 2018)
President Donald Trump today signed the 2018 Farm Bill (the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) into law with NCGA President Lynn Chrisp and Chairman Kevin Skunes in attendance. Today’s action follows last week’s overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill in both the House and Senate.
“NCGA is very pleased that our farmers will be able to look forward to a new year with the certainty of a new farm bill. Between depressed commodity prices, record low farm incomes and tariffs and trade uncertainty, today’s signing is very welcome news."
NCGA’s members took an active role in the 2018 Farm Bill’s development, ensuring organization priorities like continued support for crop insurance and improvements to the ARC-CO program, were included in the final legislation. Members visited with their representatives and sent emails and made phone calls to Capitol Hill offices stressing the importance of getting a new farm bill signed into law this year.
Chrisp thanked NCGA members for their efforts, especially during busy planting and harvest seasons, to get the bill across the finish line. He also thanked Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, as well as President Trump and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for their support for American agriculture.