House Sends Farm Bill to Conference Committee
July 20, 2018

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives moved to send the 2018 Farm Bill to conference committee. Following the vote, Speaker Paul Ryan named the House conferees, or members who will seek to resolve the differences between the two chambers' bills. The Farm Bill is critically important and contains many of the top priorities for the American Sheep Industry Association; including reauthorizing the Wool Trust and the wool marketing loan, funding the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program, providing for the minor use animal drug program and establishing a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank. As conferees undertake their work, ASI also encourages the inclusion of critical language providing alternative allotments in the event of conflicts with wildlife or a court-ordered injunction.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway expressed optimism that this bill fulfills his committee's obligations to the nation's farmers and ranchers.

"Today, we move one step closer to delivering a strong, new farm bill to the president's desk on time as he has called on Congress to do," said Conaway. "America's farmers and ranchers and rural America are struggling right now and they deserve the certainty of a strong farm bill to see them through to better times. The House has pulled together a solid team of conferees from across the country who are committed to working with our Senate colleagues to reach a final product that helps millions of low-income Americans climb the economic ladder while standing by the hard-working farm and ranch families who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs."

House Republican Conferees include: Chairman Mike Conaway (TX), Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA), Bob Goodlatte (VA), Frank Lucas (OK), Mike Rogers (AL), Austin Scott (GA), Rick Crawford (AR), Vicky Hartzler (MO), Rodney Davis (IL), Ted Yoho (FL), David Rouzer (NC), Roger Marshall (KS), Jodey Arrington (TX)

House Democrats Conferees include: Collin Peterson (Minn.), David Scott (Ga.), Jim Costa (Calif.), Tim Walz (Minn.), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), Jim McGovern (Mass.), Filemon Vela (Texas), Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.), Ann Kuster (N.H.), Tom O'Halleran (Ariz.)

The Senate is expected to vote to send their bill to conference next week, and we expect to see a list of Senate conferees to follow. The American Sheep Industry Association is preparing documentation for the legislative action council and leadership with comparison of the priorities in the two versions of the Farm Bill.