2018 Farm Bill Update
The House and Senate have both passed versions of a 2018 Farm Bill which would reauthorize and modify U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs through FY 2023. H.R. 2 (115), the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, passed the House by a 213-211 vote on June 21. After receiving the bill, the Senate amended its version (S. 3042 (115), the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) onto H.R. 2, which passed by an 86-11 vote. The House recently appointed conferees, which include two Florida members, and the Senate is expected to appoint its conferees soon. The current Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30, 2018.
A new package is needed to continue programs that provide assistance to counties for rural development efforts, nutrition assistance programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and land conservation and forestry management activities. Additionally, the Senate version of the bill also includes a provision extending the NFIP, which is set to expire on July 31, 2018.