Congress Continues to Prepare for Next Farm Bill
March 3, 2017

The House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, on Feb. 28, held the first of a series of hearings on the upcoming Farm Bill. The hearing focused on the effectiveness of existing conservation policies under the 2014 Farm Bill and implementation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The subcommittee heard from a panel of witnesses including farmers and ranchers, who discussed the importance of conservation programs but stressed the need for these programs to remain voluntary.

As the agriculture committees in both chambers continue to prepare for what is expected to be a 2018 Farm Bill, expect hearings on livestock specifically to be announced shortly. The American Sheep Industry Association's priorities for the Farm Bill include updating and reauthorizing the Wool Market Loan, support for and fully funding the sheep center, ensuring continued access to critical pharmaceutical technologies in minor species, support for the multi-species foot and mouth disease vaccine bank and an extension of the Wool Trust marketing fund.