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Bishop Vote for Farm Bill is Good for Utah

June 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­ The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act (commonly known as the Farm Bill). After voting FOR the Farm Bill, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) offered the following statement:


“This legislation strengthens America’s crucial agriculture industry. Utah farmers and ranchers are particularly empowered by provisions in this bill. From trade promotion to bolstered livestock programs, Utah will find many deserved benefits in the House version of the Farm Bill. I hope the Senate will honor Utah farmers in the same way.”


Provisions in the Farm Bill include:


·         Reauthorization of the Livestock Forage Program, which provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to environmental factors.

·         Repeal of WOTUS, which returns power to states.

·         Support for Utah’s dairy farmers by adjusting coverage and premium levels, improving the accuracy of the feed cost formula, and by expanding the availability of the Livestock Gross Margin for dairy cattle insurance policies. 

·         Continuation of funding for voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs like EQIP, which helps Utah farmers improve irrigation systems to minimize the effects of drought. 

·         Strengthening of the trade promotion of U.S. agricultural exports, which will help Utah farmers who export over $400 million per year.

·         Enhancement of SNAP work and training requirements for work-capable adults between the ages of 18-59.