Today, the Senate adopted the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, 87-13. The measure now heads to the House. The bill is expected to clear the House in time for President Trump’s signature by the end of the week. Western Growers applauds the committee leaders, conferees and staff for their diligence in producing a strong, bi-partisan farm bill.

Below are a few policy initiatives included in the 2018 Farm Bill that will benefit the specialty crop industry:

Dennis Nuxoll

U.S. Representatives Jim Costa and Jeff Denham called for policies that protect and support Central Valley agriculture and jobs during the opening meeting of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee yesterday.

Costa and Denham brought San Joaquin Valley concerns front and center, focusing on trade, specialty crops, farming sustainability and nutrition programs.

Dennis Nuxoll

Today, the farm bill passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 86 to 11. As part of the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, representing over 120 specialty crop organizations across the United States, Western Growers applauds the bipartisan efforts of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, and members of the Senate in passing the Agriculture Improvement Act.

Cory Lunde

The House voted today on conservative immigration legislation, which included President Trump’s four pillar approach to reform. After much back and forth, mainly due to the family separation crisis on the border, the partisan bill failed to garner support of the entire Republican conference and ultimately fell short by a vote of 193-231.

The House plans another immigration vote tomorrow on a “compromise bill,” which would couple $25 billion in border security funding measures with a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million “Dreamers.” It is expected to be a close vote.

Dennis Nuxoll

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