Colorado Farm Bureau Applauds the Bill’s Passage and with it, Future Support for Colorado Farmers and Ranchers

In a huge win for Colorado farmers and ranchers as well as agriculture across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday afternoon.

“We are thankful that our leaders in Washington, D.C. got this one right,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. “The Farm Bill provides farmers and ranchers across the country with programs that are vital to the success of the entire agriculture industry.”

The vote was the House’s second attempt at passing the bill. In May, the House vote resulted in a failed attempt on a largely party-line vote.

“A safe, stable food supply is paramount to the future of our state and our country,” continued Shawcroft. “This bill means that important programs like crop insurance, rural development, conservation and the food stamp program, will remain intact and support farmers and ranchers across the country.”  

Farmers and ranchers are struggling. Commodity prices are the worst they have been since the 1980’s and are continuing a downward trend. Programs within the Farm Bill will help our food producers stay afloat during these difficult times.

CFB would like to wholeheartedly thank the members of the Colorado delegation who voted yes on the bill:

Congressman Ken Buck

Congressman Mike Coffman

Congressman Doug Lamborn

Congressman Scott Tipton

The passage of the bill is a major step in the delivery of a final Farm Bill. The Senate could begin floor consideration of their version of the farm bill, S. 3042, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, as soon as June 22.