WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) voted in support of the Conference Report for H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act, today which reauthorizes and strengthens agriculture policy and programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture through 2023. The legislation now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. Upon passage in the House, Rep. LaHood released the following statement:
“Passage of the Farm Bill is a win for our farmers and the agriculture community in central and west-central Illinois. Agriculture is the number one industry in Illinois and the Farm Bill passed today will provide certainty to our farmers and strengthen the farm economy by protecting crop insurance, continuing responsible farm programs, preserving conservation, and safeguarding our farmers against illegal trade practices by foreign countries,” stated Rep. LaHood. “I appreciate members on both sides of the aisle coming together to provide positive assurances to American farmers before the new year and look forward to seeing President Trump sign the Farm Bill into law.”
What’s in the Conference Report?
Expands and improves rural broadband delivery capabilities and includes standards that will make sure rural broadband needs are met as technology innovates into the future
Protects crop insurance, issues new insurance products for forage producers and improves whole farm revenue coverage
Takes important steps towards moving able body adults off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Policy (SNAP) and into the workforce by incentivizing work and improving program integrity
Increases funding for research and education projects to over $600 million, ensuring American agriculture will be at the forefront of innovation 
Provides $300 million for animal disease prevention, including foot-and-mouth disease