Issue at a Glance
No one buys insurance for the good times, and similarly, farm bill programs provide critical tools to help farmers and ranchers manage risk. Farm programs are written to provide a basic level of protection to help offset bad economic times and severe weather. The 2018 farm bill promises to bring certainty to farm and ranch families through crop insurance, improved risk management programs and support for beginning farmers and ranchers, while also bringing much-needed funding to trade development and ag research. The entire package remains budget neutral and received strong bipartisan support.
Get the Facts: How Does the Farm Bill Matter for Everyone?
- Food Security: America’s public investment in agriculture through farm bill programs helps secure our domestic food supply and keep our country strong while consumers get the benefits of high-quality, affordable food.
- Jobs: The food and agriculture industry supports more than 21 million U.S. jobs (that’s 11 percent of U.S. jobs), and contributed $1.05 trillion to U.S. gross domestic product in 2016.
- Conservation: The farm bill’s investment in ag research and conservation programs are critical to ensuring the productivity and sustainability in our farms and domestic food supply.
- Farm-to-Table: We all depend on the success of American agriculture, but America’s farmers and ranchers need strong farm programs to weather the current economic downturn, deal with Mother Nature and keep food on our tables.