The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert Jr. regarding the House passage today of the 2018 farm bill.
"Illinois Farm Bureau is pleased to see completion of the 2018 farm bill with passage in the U.S. House today with a final vote of 369-47.
"Thanks to the continued, bipartisan work of our Illinois delegation, this bill will help all Illinois farmers - young and experienced - successfully navigate this difficult period of stagnant farm income and trade policy uncertainty.
"This bill strengthens the safety net for farmers by protecting crop insurance and by giving farmers the ability to choose annually between revenue and price-based commodity programs. It strengthens market development programs and creates a national foot and mouth disease vaccine bank.
"Illinois farmers are committed to improving water quality. The bill's conservation programs protect natural resources, provide incentives, and rebalance rental rates.
"Finally, this farm bill maintains a strong safety net for the millions of Americans who receive supplemental nutrition benefits. We eagerly await President Donald Trump's signature on this important bill."
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 394,742 and a voting membership of 78,999. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.
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