06.28.18

Gardner Votes in Favor of Farm Bill

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm bill) on Thursday. This legislation renews the federal government’s agricultural programs, including crop insurance, farm credit, and conservation. It also renews the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

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Watch Senator Gardner’s statement here.

Transcript of statement is available here.

In addition to also expanding trade assistance and promotion efforts, making SNAP more efficient, and providing assistance to rural communities to expand rural broadband and addiction treatment for opioids, Senator Gardner was able to secure several important reforms for Colorado’s agriculture community.

The Farm bill included the Gardner/Bennet amendment to strengthen drought and water conservation policy. It also included a Gardner amendment that authorized research and extension grants in order to utilize data and technology for more precise management of dryland farming agriculture systems, and an amendment sponsored with Senator Bennet that combats diseases harming hop plants. 

The Farm Bill also included the HEMP Farming Act, legislation that removes industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which will create jobs and get the government out of the way of Colorado’s farmers and agricultural industry.

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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 and Subcommittee on Energy.

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