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Farm Bill fails in House

May 18, 2018

2018 Farm Bill fails to get needed votes

National Association of Wheat Growers,

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2018). Today, H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to garner the needed votes to pass out of the Hous. NAWG President and Sentinel, Oklahoma farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“NAWG is disappointed that the Farm Bill reauthorization process has stalled. Between low commodity prices, a suffering ag economy, extreme weather conditions, and disease, growers need access to a strong Farm Bill after September 30th.

“Congress needs to enact a Farm Bill before the current one expires to give farmers long-term certainty that a safety net will be available through these uncertain and difficult economic conditions.”

— Caitlin Eannello, NAWG Director of Communications. NAWG is the primary representative in Washington D.C. for wheat growers, working to ensure a better future for America’s growers, the industry and the general public. NAWG works with a team of 21 state wheat grower organizations to benefit the wheat industry at state and national levels. From their offices in the Wheat Growers Building on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members and the public.

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Bob Clark May 19, 2018

I think the ethanol and Supplemental Nourishment Assistance Program (SNAP) are the sticking points. The Conservative GOP folks want to pull back on ethanol and restrict SNAP; whereas the Dems don’t want SNAP touched by and large. With Midterms pressing the Conservative GOP need to get real and look to compromise. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.

I appreciate ethanol should be reduced or downsized to just the 3% needed to make gasoline burn more efficiently (oxygenate). But when in politics, you make the sausage.

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