Rep. Blum Statement on Passage of Farm Bill

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WASHINGTON, July 2, 2018 | Alexah Rogge (202-225-2911) | comments
Congressman Blum released the following statement regarding passage of the 2018 Farm Bill:

"After visiting many farms and speaking with countless producers throughout the First District, I know the importance of providing our farming communities with certainty over the next five years by passing the 2018 Farm Bill. This farm bill will provide vital programs to our farming communities in the First District, including the following provisions:

  • Maintains a strong crop insurance program – a critical risk management program that ensures farmers can stay in business after tough years
  • Makes needed changes to the commodity and the dairy programs to help producers struggling after a 50% decrease in farm income over the past 5 years
  • Prioritizes conservation dollars to return the most water quality benefits without unduly competing against farmers for good rental ground
  • Increases access to rural mental health services
  • Encourages expansion of rural broadband infrastructure

Additionally, this legislation will reform the TANF and SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamp) programs, requiring able-bodied, mentally stable, 18-59 year-old individuals to obtain a job or begin work-training to continue receiving benefits after a three-month window of unemployment.
Our farmers in Iowa have the ability to feed the world -- if we remove burdensome regulations and open markets. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and the Administration to continue improving the landscape for our farmers."

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