Rep. Kinzinger Previews 2018 Farm Bill with Chairman Conaway
Last week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and members of his Agriculture Advisory Committee participated in a phone call with Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway (TX-11).
Washington, DC – Last week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and members of his Agriculture Advisory Committee participated in a conference call with Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway (TX-11).
The 30-minute phone call covered topics such as the impact of trade on agriculture, farm safety net programs like crop insurance, and what the path forward looks like for the 2018 Farm Bill. Chairman Conaway, who has worked tirelessly over the past three years to draft H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, took questions directly from the IL-16 Advisory Committee members on this vital legislation ahead of its consideration by the House of Representatives this week.
Congressman Kinzinger released this statement following the Agriculture Advisory Committee conference call on May 8, 2018:
“Every five years, Congress must reauthorize the Farm Bill, which sets the agriculture and nutrition policies, and priorities for the country. With the farm economy still facing a 52% decline, this comprehensive measure is more critical than ever. This legislation is about standing with our farmers and ranchers. It protects crop insurance, which is vital to the farm safety net, and includes important programs that promote trade and international market development for our commodities. The 2018 Farm Bill also includes programs to help farmers with projects to improve conservation as they work to be good stewards of their lands.
“Additionally, this bill includes reasonable, but meaningful work requirements and the federal investment to get unemployed or underemployed Americans into jobs that will lead to independence and self-sufficiency. As the overall country’s economy continues to grow, we are seeing an increase in job openings across the country and many employers are in need of workers. The Farm Bill encourages job-training and provides states with the resources and tools to fill these jobs.
“Special thank you to Chairman Conaway for his tireless efforts on this critical legislation, and for taking the time to talk with me and the IL-16 Agriculture Advisory Committee on our conference call.”