CO Farm Bureau: Farmers and Ranchers Applaud as President Trump Signs the 2018 Farm Bill

December 20, 2018 – WASHINGTON--Just in time for Christmas, President Trump signed the 2018 farm bill after the bill passed through the House and Senate with bipartisan support.

“The farm bill ensures a safety net for farm families, maintains and expands environmental stewardship programs, and provides needed resources to disadvantaged families,” said Don Shawcroft, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. “It also removes future uncertainty for an industry struggling amongst low commodity prices.”

A unified farm bill that provides certainty, consistency and clarity is vital for continuing important programs like federal crop insurance, foreign market exploration, commodity programs and conservation programs. This is especially important during a time when farmers and ranchers are struggling. Commodity prices are historically low and programs within the farm bill will help food producers stay afloat during these difficult times.

“Colorado farmers and ranchers would like to express their most sincere gratitude to President Trump for signing this legislation quickly, delivering some welcome good news to Colorado farmers and ranchers this Christmas season,” says Shawcroft. 

The Colorado Farm Bureau would also like to thank the members of the Colorado delegation that voted YES on the bill:

  • Senator Michael Bennett
  • Senator Cory Gardner
  • Congressman Scott Tipton
  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette
  • Congressman Ed Perlmutter

The farm bill is a vital piece of legislation for agriculture across the country. It provides an important programs that make up a safety net for farmers and ranchers as well as important nutrition assistance programs for Americans. Passage of the legislation now, means lawmakers won’t have to start from scratch on a new bill when the 116th Congress convenes in 2019.

Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with more than 25,000 members across Colorado. CFB seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.