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Farm Bill Passage, Great for West Tennessee

December 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – December 12, 2018 – Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement following the passage of the conference report for H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.  Also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, this bipartisan legislation supports our nation’s farmers and foresters by reauthorizing farm programs and directing the nation’s agricultural policy for the next five years.
Congressman Kustoff said: “When I ran to represent West Tennessee, I promised to listen to our farmers and fight for their priorities. Across the nation, farmers and ranchers have been struggling as incomes have dropped nearly 50 percent over the last 5 years.  I have visited farms all throughout West Tennessee and heard directly from those farmers about how this Farm Bill would make a huge positive impact on their operations. 
“That is why I am proud to have voted in favor of the Farm Bill that provides stability for some of the hardest working families in America.  The Farm Bill has wins for rural communities including protections against natural disasters and unfair foreign trade practices.  It also stimulates rural development programs like broadband, research, and extension of USDA’s ability to support those who work hard to put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.”  

Among many important provisions, the 2018 Farm Bill:
• Supports the cotton industry by addressing overly restrictive family farm eligibility requirements and allowing and full access to the marketing loan program;
• Maintains and strengthens the Crop Insurance program;
• Preserves the Administration’s regulatory flexibility on SNAP benefits, including USDA’s ability to reign in states who abuse the waiver process;
• Creates new broadband standards and provides new incentives for borrowers to develop high-speed broadband networks; and
• Provides all rural communities access to guaranteed lending programs that finance critical infrastructure projects.