U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today was one of 29 Republicans named by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to serve on the House-Senate conference committee for the farm bill. In June, the House passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act. The conference committee is tasked with resolving the differences between the House- and Senate-passed farm bills.
As a freshman on the House Agriculture Committee, Davis served on the conference committee for the 2014 farm bill and now chairs the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research leading on provisions to strengthen agriculture research, provide regulatory relief for farmers, and protect crop insurance.
“Four years ago, I was fortunate enough to serve on the conference committee that produced a bipartisan bill that made sound policy changes to both farm and nutrition programs," said Davis. "I am honored to have another opportunity to be a leader for the farmers in my district and build on these changes. I am hopeful we'll get a bill that is not only strong for our farmers, but one that will also help end the cycle of poverty that has trapped too many Americans. There is no better time than now – when our economy is strong – to invest in our workforce and help work-capable adults on government assistance find a full-time job that will improve their lives. I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues to produce another farm bill that surpasses expectations.”
“Today, we move one step closer to delivering a strong, new farm bill to the president’s desk on time as he has called on Congress to do. America's farmers and ranchers and rural America are struggling right now and they deserve the certainty of a strong farm bill to see them through to better times. The House has pulled together a solid team of conferees – including Rep. Davis. I’m looking forward to working with Rodney, who has been a strong leader for ag and nutrition through this process, and the rest of our House and Senate colleagues to reach a final product that helps millions of low-income Americans climb the economic ladder, while standing by our nation’s hard-working farm and ranch families,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11).