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Smith Commends Passage of 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report

December 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives shortly before voting in favor of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, which passed by a vote of 369-47.

To watch a video of Rep. Smith’s remarks, click here.

Mr. Speaker – I rise today to express my strong support for this farm bill conference report. 

-Given the ongoing challenges in the agricultural economy, it is very important our producers have all the certainty we can provide as they make their Spring planting decisions.

-I held a series of listening sessions around Nebraska’s Third District – our nation’s number one producing district for agriculture - last year to hear producers’ thoughts about the farm bill.

-The number one item on the farmer’s minds was the continuation of a strong crop insurance program. This farm bill accomplishes the objective.

-It also recognizes the challenges and threats facing our livestock producers by creating a disease prevention program and vaccine bank to help contain any potential future outbreak of foot and mouth disease in our country.

-This farm bill and continued positive progress on trade will go a long way toward increasing their piece of mind.

-I encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this important piece of legislation and I appreciate the support of the Administration in bringing this legislation to a successful conclusion.

-I yield back.

The 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report will now go to President Trump to be signed into law after having been approved by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, December 11. Nebraska’s Third District leads the nation in agricultural production.