Dec 11 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala) today made the following statement regarding passage of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm Bill:
“This bipartisan legislation provides much-needed predictability that will significantly benefit our state’s farmers and the entire agriculture industry,” said Senator Shelby. “I look forward to the lasting positive impact this bill will have on rural areas throughout Alabama and the nation.”
The 2018 Farm Bill improves the crop insurance program, helps expand rural broadband initiatives, and includes many of the cotton industry’s priorities such as the continuation of the Seed Cotton program.
Agriculture is Alabama’s top revenue producing industry, generating an annual impact of over $70 billion. With over nine million acres of farmland and more than 48,500 farms, the state is a national leader in food production and a global competitor in the poultry, catfish, timber, cotton, and livestock industries.