On National Ag Day, we thank not only those who produce our nation’s food and fiber, but also want to acknowledge those who continue to support our nation’s agricultural production and write the laws that ensure the health, safety and affordability of our nation’s food supply.
Leaders of the Congressional agriculture committees began 2017 with the best of intentions to get a jump start on the 2018 Farm Bill in hopes of finalizing it well before its expiration in September 2018. Despite their efforts, there has been no actual legislative action on the Farm Bill to date, but House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway is poised for action in early 2018. The big question is if the Congressional agriculture committees will be able to fund all their priorities within the spending limits.
Response forms for the USDA Census of Agriculture have started to be mailed and are available online. It’s critically important that all producers respond – large, small, rural, suburban or urban – whatever products you produce! The Census of Agriculture is your voice and an opportunity to be heard.