Texas Congressman K. Michael Conaway says a Farm Bill may be ready to go before Congress for a vote next week.
Texas Congressman K. Michael Conaway says a Farm Bill may be ready to go before Congress for a vote next week.


Texas Congressman K. Michael Conaway who chairs the House Agricultural Committee provided attendees at the 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands in Reno, NV, an update on the 2018 Farm Bill status on Monday, Dec. 3, and reported, “We are almost there.” 

Conaway, who is in his seventh term in the U.S. House, said staff is working to file the conference report that will then go before both the House and Senate for a yes or no vote, possibly by next week. 

He encouraged attendees to contact their state Congressional representation in Washington D.C and ask them to vote yes for the Farm Bill, so that it can be approved before the end of December and be moved to the President’s desk. He calls the final Farm Bill a “blend of House and Senate versions…compromises were made on all sides, that’s the nature of the beast.” 

Regarding the conservation title in the proposed Farm Bill, Conaway said they worked to increase funding for EQIP. The Conservation Stewardship Program will also remain, but has been “tightened down,” he stated. They also want to simplify the process and place a priority in getting NRCS staff back out in the field. 

Funding for a U.S. Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank would also be authorized if this Farm Bill passes. 

Conaway closed by encouraging the importance of continuing to stand up for morals and values in America to ensure that freedom and self-government are maintained.

            – Kindra Gordon