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.