Farm Bill Clears Senate, House
December 14, 2018

The U.S. Senate and House passed the 2018 Farm Bill this week and it is headed to the desk of President Donald J. Trump for final approval. The Senate approved the bill 87 to 13, while the House approved it by a vote of 369 to 47.

American Sheep Industry Association President Mike Corn said the bipartisan final bill contains a number of priorities for America's sheep producers.

"U.S. sheep producers strongly support the farm bill," Corn said. "This bill reauthorizes the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant and the wool fabric provision to address industry infrastructure and international trade inequities. The most prominent feature for sheep producers is the new provision to permanently fund pharmaceutical development for minor use species, which has the potential to impact every sheep operation in America with new sheep health products.

"ASI is very appreciative as well that the Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank was included with funding authorized. The Wool Marketing Assistance Loan and Loan Deficiency Payment program were also reauthorized, providing a risk management tool for producers."

In applauding the most sheep-friendly farm bill in decades, Corn offered a note of appreciation for Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas), who chairs the House Agriculture Committee.

"Rep. Conaway went above and beyond to accommodate sheep industry requests in the final version of the farm bill," Corn said. "We appreciate his efforts on behalf of the nation's 88,000 sheep producers."