President Trump Signs 2018 Farm Bill
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis released the following statement today after he attended the signing of the 2018 farm bill at the White House.
"Today is a great day not only for our farmers, but for our rural communities as a whole," said Davis."This process has had its ups and downs, but at the end of the day we got a strong bill that benefits all Americans. Getting a farm bill across the finish line was always my goal and it was an honor to attend the bill signing today at the White House."
Here is what others are saying about the Farm Bill:
“The Farm Bill is critical legislation for our nation’s agricultural, food, and natural resource system, and it provides a foundation of nutrition assistance for many of our fellow Americans," said University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and Dean Kimberlee Kidwell. "This law also undergirds our land-grant universities as the public research, extension, and education engines for America’s food and agricultural systems, our nation’s model of knowledge creation and innovative application that continues to lead the world. We sincerely appreciate Congressman Davis’s leadership in advocating for research, and we were especially pleased to see that the act authorizes an increase of $630 million in mandatory research and extension funding.”
“The Organic marketplace has come of age and this Farm Bill recognizes the buying power of Millennial and GenZ social values," said Ken Dallmier, President and Chief Operating Officer of Clarkson Grain Company, Inc. "By adopting the language from Rep. Rodney Davis’ (IL-13) subcommittee, the Conference Committee Report ensured future research programs and market access to continue the trajectory of this $50 billion industry. The Farm Bill also provides resources to ensure the integrity of the organic food supply chain. These provisions were introduced by Rep. Davis’ subcommittee and were adopted with bipartisan support. We appreciate the leadership of Rep. Davis in providing American producers diversity of markets to improve net farm income, while enhancing the environmental impact of American farms.”
"The Rural Development programs funded through the USDA have been a huge benefit to us locally,"said Jon Wade, CEO of Jersey Community Hospital. "These funds have created local jobs and helped to renovate older vacant structures for current needs in our community. The dollars are leveraged to have a huge positive impact."
“The Farm Bill’s bipartisan legacy will show Congress’ commitment to cracking down on animal cruelty, and Rep. Rodney Davis played a critical role with his effort to extend the current federal prohibitions on animal fighting activity to all U.S. jurisdictions,” said Marc Ayers, Illinois State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Illinoisans commend Rep. Davis for his leadership and there is much for animal advocates to celebrate today.”
"The farm bill also includes an important provision for grain handlers regarding domestic official grain inspections by providing dozens of grain elevators whose non-use of service/open season exception agreements were revoked by USDA in 2017," said NGFA President and CEO Randy Gordon. "Under the farm bill language, these elevators will have the option to restore the previous arrangement with their non-incumbent domestic official inspection provider by notifying USDA of the change. NGFA appreciates the leadership of Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., to address and clarify Congress's intent in the U.S. Grain Standards Act Reauthorization.
“Local, independent grocers play an important role in America’s food and agriculture supply chain and the communities they serve," said Gerry Kettler, Director of Consumer Affairs, Niemann Foods. "We thank Rep. Davis for his work to produce a Farm Bill that includes several important provisions to support the independent supermarket industry, including the expansion of the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, which is a win-win for local suppliers, retailers and low-income families who will be able to bring home more fruits and vegetables.”
"Throughout his time in Congress, Rodney Davis has been a steadfast supporter of American farmers and our ag economy," said Chris Cuddy, Senior Vice President and President of the Carbohydrate Solutions Business Unit at Archer Daniels Midland Company. "We appreciate his dedication and hard work, which was invaluable in completing a farm bill that ensures farmers have the long-term policy clarity and consistency they need to succeed.”