What's the Background?
The 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law in February 2014 and is set to expire in September 2018. The bill authorized $956 billion in spending over 10 years, the majority of which dealt with nutrition programs.
Why Does It Matter to Our Producers?
The Farm Bill is the five-year federal blueprint for policies and programs that support agriculture, including farm credit, crop insurance and payments, agricultural trade, marketing, conservation and rural development. It also includes food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – food stamps – and other food and nutrition programs.
What is NPPC's Position?
NPPC supports a Farm Bill that maintains the U.S. pork industry’s competitive advantage globally and strengthens the industry’s competitiveness. To benefit the U.S. pork sector, farm programs should reduce, or control, costs of production, increasing the price received for pork products and increasing the quality of U.S. pork products. Addressing the U.S. livestock sector’s ability to respond to Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) is of critical importance (see FMD Issue Paper) and must be addressed in the 2018 Farm Bill. In crafting any other policies or programs, the additional principles should be taken into account. For these principles, click here.