12.11.18

Bipartisan Farm Bill Passes Senate with Gardner’s Support

Several Gardner-led Provisions Included in Final Legislation

NOTE: View Senator Gardner’s video remarks here.

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today voted in favor of the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill). This legislation renews the federal government’s agricultural programs, including crop insurance, farm credit, and conservation policies. The legislation also expands trade assistance and promotion efforts, provides assistance to rural communities to expand rural broadband and addiction treatment for opioids, and renews the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

“As a fifth generation Coloradan from a small town on the Eastern Plains where agriculture is a way of life, I know how important it is that Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on the Farm Bill,” said Gardner. “As a result of low commodity prices, our agriculture community has been struggling for the past few years and this has had a profound impact on my own community and rural communities across the state and country. The Farm Bill provides long-term certainty to farmers and ranchers throughout Colorado and even includes provisions that will specifically help Colorado farmers and ranchers.

“Several provisions I worked on include providing farmers and ranchers relief from drought, using technology to better implement dryland farming practices, providing resources to combat deadly diseases that wipe out hop fields, and making industrial hemp legal to make sure Colorado farmers are free to use their land how they see fit. All of these initiatives will help Colorado’s agriculture community and this is another example of how Congress can work together in a bipartisan manner to help the American people.”

Gardner was able to secure several important provisions in the Farm Bill that will help Colorado’s agriculture community: 

  • Gardner-Bennet Amendment to strengthen drought and water conservation policy that will provide additional resources for Colorado producers having to deal with drought.
  • Gardner amendment that authorizes research and extension grants in order to utilize data and technology for more precise management of dryland farming agriculture systems.
  • Gardner-Bennet Amendment that combats diseases harming hop plants.
  • HEMP Farming provision removes industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which will create jobs and get the government out of the way for Colorado’s farmers.

 NOTE: View Senator Gardner’s video remarks here.

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.