Agriculture is a major industry across our great nation. In Ohio alone, the agriculture industry generates about one out of every seven jobs.
In the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. This legislation, which I supported, reauthorized many agriculture programs through the FY2018. The Farm Bill impacts planting decisions for farmers, as well as our nation’s food supply and nutrition programs. Reauthorizing the Farm Bill created certainty for farmers in these important programs.
Overregulation and overreach of federal agencies can also have a major effect on farmers. One example of this was the attempt by the EPA to expand the Clean Water Act to add further regulations on water. The regulations were complex and costly to adhere to, which would have placed unnecessary burdens on farmers. In the recent continuing resolution to fund the federal government, a policy was included to prevent the EPA or the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the regulations and requiring a permit for normal farming practices or ditch maintenance.
Agriculture Legislation of Note:
H.R. 1732 H.R. 1105 H.R. 2042 H.R. 1599 H.R. 636