Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

Statement on the Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill

Dec 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill:

Congressman McCaul: Today, I am proud to join my colleagues in passing the 2018 Farm Bill. This farm bill delivers the much-needed resources and support for our farmers who provide our nation with safe, abundant, and affordable food. With net farm income dropping nearly 50% over the past 5 years, we are delivering the vital stability America’s farmers and ranchers desperately need. Our farmers work day in and day out to put food on the table for the American people, and Congress stands beside them.

Below are a few highlights of the bill:

  • Maintains the Farm Safety net by reauthorizing and improving the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage through 2023
  • Provides support for America’s dairy farmers through the Dairy Margin Coverage
  • Sustains strong Livestock Disaster Programs
  • Protects crop insurance for America’s farmers whose livelihoods are often threatened by natural disasters
  • Maintains Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and improves program integrity
  • Improves voluntary incentive-based conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
  • Provides over a $600 million increase in funding for research, extension, and education projects to keep America a leader in the agriculture industry
  • Aids rural communities with rural development by enhancing broadband service and combatting the opioid epidemic