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CCA Comments, “Congress Passes the 2018 Farm Bill”

 

On Wednesday, December 12, the House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill with a landslide of 369-47. This decision came on the heels of the Senate vote, which also passed the bill on Tuesday with an 87-13 margin. According to the Farm Bill: House Agriculture Committee’s website, the bill focuses on the nation’s food security, and advocates for “strong agricultural policy that provides stability for America’s farmers and ranchers; protects our land and natural resources; develops new trade opportunities while leveling the playing field for our producers; strengthens rural communities; and helps Americans of all stripes access the nutritious foods they need to keep their families healthy.”

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) advocates for Colorado beef producers, while advancing the legacy and viability of beef production for our members by ensuring a dynamic and profitable industry that promotes growth and opportunity for future generations. CCA’s policy wholeheartedly supports the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, specifically the impact it will have on maintaining and preserving conservation funding; as well as trade development, promotion and assistance, and the control of disease in foreign animals.

“On behalf of beef cattle producers in Colorado, we support the hard work toward passage and the outcomes of the 2019 Farm Bill. The bi-partisan legislation will continue the meaningful work of ranches and farms in conserving our natural resources while opening up the world to our high-quality foods, like beef. Furthermore, CCA is pleased with funding that will go toward protecting our livestock from foreign animal diseases through additional research and preparedness. These points and others contained in the 2018 Farm Bill support the global approach to food security and stewardship our producers have,” CCA’s President, Mike Hogue said.

The next stop for the Farm Bill is President Donald Trump’s desk, which he is expected to sign after it easily passed in the Senate and House of Representatives. CCA will continue its work into the administrative branch once President Trump has officially signed the bill.

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