WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 12, 2018) – Today, the House Agriculture Committee introduced the 2018 Farm Bill, important legislation to provide certainty to our farmers and review federal nutrition programs. Following the introduction of the bill, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement.
“The American farmer is the greatest anti-poverty program the world has ever seen,” said McMorris Rodgers. “Farmers are hurting though, and I have three priorities for this Farm Bill: to protect crop insurance, to increase market development abroad through trade and market access programs, and to affirm and fund our commitment to agricultural research, like the great work being done at Washington State University in my district. I’m proud to say that all three of these priorities are reflected in this bill and will continue to support Eastern Washington farmers and the food security they provide our country and the world.”
NOTE: Cathy has been hosting farm bill listening sessions across Eastern Washington over the past year and beyond, including a Farm Bill and Market Access Town Hall in Walla Walla at the end of March. She continues to hear from farmers about the importance of these three priorities.