TALLAHASSEE — Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick issued this statement after the June 21 vote by the U.S. House of Representatives:
“We sincerely thank the leadership and members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have supported the adoption of the 2018 Farm Bill. This legislation will help sustain food, fiber and fuel production into the next decade.
At a time when severe economic pressures threaten U.S. agriculture, these lawmakers stepped up to endorse crop insurance and risk management tools that are vital for the sustainability of farm families in Florida and across the nation.
By adopting the 2018 Farm Bill, the House has advanced the process of crafting national agricultural policy that also underwrites school feeding programs and supplemental nutrition assistance for food-insecure households. At least 80 percent of the bill’s appropriations are earmarked for these public aid purposes. The current Farm Bill is set to expire in September.
We now look for U.S. Senators to proceed with passage of Farm Bill legislation in their chamber. We will continue our work with Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio as well as the Senate leadership to promote this objective.
Our national legislators recognize the many contributions farmers and ranchers make to our quality of life. We are grateful for their steadfast commitment.”
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