Livestock Groups Push for Necessary Farm Bill Funding
August 17, 2018

The American Sheep Industry Association joined more than 120 livestock organizations in signing on to a letter calling for full and permanent funding of the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program that was outlined in both the U.S. Senate and House versions of the 2018 Farm Bill.

The farm bill is now headed to a conference committee to alleviate differences in the two versions of the bill, and livestock producers understand how crucial it is that they have access to the necessary prevention tools and techniques in any disease outbreak.

"We are aware that in the early stages of farm bill development, proposed funding levels for this new critical program did not reach the levels we believe are necessary. This fact was driven home as a full House motion to instruct conferees garnered 392 votes supporting the animal agriculture industry, advocating for the needed baseline funding in the final package that will be sent to the president's desk," read the letter sent on behalf of the Animal Agriculture Coalition. "Animal agriculture continues to represent approximately half of all farm cash receipts, and over half when considering receipts from crops for animal feed. We urge you to include these necessary funds in conference as part of the permanent authorization proposed in the Senate bill."