Marino Supports House-Passed Farm Bill
Washington, D.C.- Today, the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 to reauthorize farm and nutrition assistance programs for 5 years.
H.R. 2 extends most major federal farm, nutrition assistance, rural development, and other USDA programs. This bill strengthens the Dairy Risk Management (DRM) program, formally known as the Margin Protection Program, by making eligible the first 5 million pounds of milk production for higher coverage levels at lower premiums, ensuring the feed cost formula is accurate, and expands access to the Livestock Gross Margin Dairy insurance policy. The bill also invests in rural broadband service and enhances initiatives to provide for rural water and waste, rural electrification, and economic development.
This Farm Bill also includes reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), establishing real work and training requirements, modifying categorical eligibility rules, incentivizing healthier diets by promoting increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products, and increases funding for the Emergency Food Assistance program to $60 million per year, with $20 million to be used for Farm to Food bank program providing inexpensive food for low income families.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
“I am pleased to see the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 pass the House. This Farm Bill includes many provisions that will help the farmers in my district who have been struggling with low milk prices and help expand access to broadband in many areas that are not currently covered. The repeal of the Obama-era “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule included in this bill will provide tremendous certainty to producers in my district by ensuring they can utilize effective environmental stewardship practices that meet local and downstream needs. Additionally, this bill makes many necessary changes to the nation’s nutrition programs to assist those who struggle to put food on the table and ensure these programs run efficiently and with strong oversight.
“Farm incomes have declined nearly 50% since the last Farm Bill was passed. The programs included in this legislation will help to spur growth in the agriculture sector. America’s farmers and ranchers are the reason we have the safest, most abundant, and affordable food supply in the industrialized world, this legislation provides them the certainty they need. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to bring their committee-passed Farm Bill to the floor so that we can finalize this important legislation before it expires on September 30.”