The U.S. Senate approved the conference report on the 2018 Farm Bill yesterday (12/11) by an 87 to 13 margin. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said the bill brings the nation’s farmers and ranchers one step closer to certainty and predictability.
“This may not be the best possible bill, but it is the best bill possible under these circumstances,” said Roberts.
NCBA President Kevin Kester said he and other leaders of the organization were pleased to see authorization of a new Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank included in the bill. He said the bank will provide critical protection to rural economies.
“We look forward to working with Secretary Perdue and Congress to address future funding needs (of the vaccine bank),” said Kester. Members of the U.S. House are set to debate and vote on the conference report as early as today (12/12). Indications are President Donald Trump supports the bill and would sign it.