As Chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, I put together a coalition to pass a 2008 Farm Bill that offered a strong safety net for farmers, provided the largest increase in USDA nutrition programs since 1977, established an energy title to support our growing renewable biofuel industries, expanded and improved conservation programs, authorized the largest amount of funding ever provided for organic agriculture, and provided funds for in-country purchases of international food aid to support and develop local food production in underdeveloped countries.This year I worked to pass the new Farm Bill that provides long term certainty for agriculture and nutrition programs as well as many positive reforms in the bill. From conservation and addressing flooding along the Red River Valley to supporting local farmers the impacts will be felt throughout the 7th district.Among the many things the bill covers some of the notable reforms include:
- Protects and improves crop insurance.
- Streamlines conservaiton programs for preserving natural resources
- Adds conservation protections to crop insurance
- provides disaster assistance for livestock producers
- Supports local farmers by providing crop insurance to speciality crop growers and helping fund organic agriculture