Posted on June 28, 2018
Says bill is supported by Tennessee agriculture community, including the Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative
“Passage of this bill will help provide much-needed certainty to farmers in Tennessee and across the country.”
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Senate passage of the farm bill is “a big win” for Tennessee’s 340,000 farmers.
“Agriculture is one of Tennessee’s most important industries, with more than 66,000 farms contributing tens of billions of dollars each year to our state’s economy,” Alexander said. “This bill is a big win for Tennessee’s 340,000 farmers -- it supports U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agriculture, rural development, and conservation programs that benefit farmers across Tennessee as well as agricultural research at Tennessee’s universities to help find ways for farmers to grow better crops. Passage of this bill will help provide much-needed certainty to farmers in Tennessee and across the country.”
Tennessee is home to more than 66,000 farms and nearly 11 million acres of farmland.
The legislation also includes Alexander’s Tennessee Wilderness Act. Alexander introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act in 2017 with Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representative Phil Roe (R-Tenn.). The legislation would designate nearly 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness area. Designation as a wilderness area is the highest level of conservation protection to preserve federal land.
Today, the Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 -- otherwise known as the farm bill. The legislation is supported by the Tennessee agriculture community, including the Tennessee Farm Bureau, Tennessee Soybean Association, Tennessee Cattleman’s Association, Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative and other agriculture and conservation groups.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed their farm bill on June 21, 2018. The House and Senate will now work to produce a conferenced farm bill to send to the president’s desk so it can be signed into law.