Kuster Signs Farm Bill Conference Committee Report
Farm Bill includes bipartisan provisions backed by Congresswoman Kuster to benefit New Hampshire
Washington, DC, December 11, 2018
Congresswoman Kuster signing House Farm Bill Conference Committee Report
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Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Agriculture Committee and a Conferee on the House Farm Bill Conference Committee, joined her Conference colleagues in signing the Farm Bill. The Conference Committee had the task of reconciling the House-passed and Senate-passed Farm Bills that reauthorize federal farm and nutrition policy. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 includes a number of key provisions that will support Granite State agriculture, bolster rural development, and protect nutrition assistance for thousands of New Hampshire families.
“The Farm Bill is an opportunity to support our small family farmers, rural communities, and consumers,” said Kuster. “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to work together across the aisle to produce this Conference Report, which provides critical investments for American agriculture and rural economic development for our communities. This legislation will provide long-term certainty for producers who are dealing with low commodity prices and a volatile trade market. The bill also revamps the safety net for New Hampshire dairy farmers and protects access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for more than 90,000 Granite Staters. I’m excited that we’ve included provisions to strengthen and expand the Northern Border Regional Commission and increase funding for rural development, including new broadband infrastructure and opioid treatment and recovery. From the beginning, I urged my colleagues to work in a bipartisan manner to pass a five-year Farm Bill, and I am encouraged that we have fulfilled that obligation by working hard to find common ground.”
The Farm Bill, which is reauthorized every five years by Congress, covers programs related to agriculture, such as nutrition, conservation, forestry, and rural development. The Farm Bill expired on September 30.