Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is critical to ensure vibrancy and productivity in agriculture, the U.S. economy and rural communities for generations to come.

What is the Farm Bill?

The Farm Bill is a comprehensive package addressing agriculture, conservation, rural development, research and food assistance. It links the food that Americans feed their families, the farmers who produce it and the air, water and soil that makes growing food possible. Updated every five years, the Farm Bill has a big impact on farming livelihoods, local economies, public health and the environment. The current Farm Bill expires in September 2018.

Farmer Perspective

Economic viability is a deep concern for many sectors in agriculture, especially with declining farm incomes and low prices of recent years. Farmers must be profitable, so they can continue to provide the food Americans need. For the egg industry, the challenges of recent years have included not only the ups and downs of market prices, but the devastation of the highly pathogenic avian influenza. Another broad Farm Bill issue is whether the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, will continue to be part of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Keeping animals healthy and food safe must be a priority in the new Farm Bill. As part of the Animal Agriculture Coalition (AAC), egg farmers are pressing for funding of a new pest and disease prevention program for livestock, poultry and eggs. In addition, an enhanced Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank will help guard against a potentially debilitating impact on livestock and grain farmers.

UEP Position

In supporting the reauthorization of the 2018 Farm Bill, UEP supports the proposal by the Animal Ag Coalition for a livestock, poultry and egg pest and disease program and a FMD vaccine bank. UEP also believes that SNAP and other nutrition programs should remain part of the bill. UEP may also support other Farm Bill initiatives as appropriate depending on their status during Congressional consideration of the bill.

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