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Senate Passes Farm Bill with Crop, NFIP

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042) recognizes the importance of a strong agricultural safety net through crop insurance and includes an amendment to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for six months beyond its July 31 expiration date.
July 3, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed the Farm Bill by a vote of 86-11 on June 28. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042) recognizes the importance of a strong agricultural safety net through crop insurance. Grassroots advocacy from PIA members across the country helped ensure that the harmful amendments to cut crop insurance through imposing an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limit or placing a premium assistance cap on producers were not brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

“PIA applauds Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for championing a Farm Bill that recognizes the importance of crop insurance and respects the vital role played by independent insurance agents in the delivery of the federal crop insurance program,” said Jon Gentile, PIA National Vice President of Government Relations.


PIA National is also pleased that the Senate Farm Bill included an amendment to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for six months beyond its July 31 expiration date. PIA issued a statement praising the Senate’s actions.

The House and Senate will now go to a conference committee where we hope the crop provisions and the NFIP extension are included in the final agreement. Any agreement from a conference committee will then have to be again passed by both chambers.

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