The United Fresh Produce Association applauds the House and Senate for approving a Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Today, the House voted on the Farm Bill 369-47 and the Senate voted on the legislation yesterday with a vote of 87-13. The Farm Bill will now go the President for his signature. As part of this Farm Bill, the fresh produce industry secured major victories around increasing access to fresh produce in federal nutrition programs, breaking down trade barriers, focusing additional resources towards research priorities, and combating pest and disease challenges. Overall, the Farm bill represents over $3 billion in resources and policy changes dedicated to these and other important programs targeted by the fresh produce industry.
Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for United Fresh offered the following comment:
“United Fresh applauds the House and Senate for the passage of a Farm Bill that includes the priorities of United Fresh and our members. We thank Congress for approving this legislation and we are proud that it has strong bipartisan and bicameral support. The Agriculture Improvement Act is vital to the ability of the fresh produce industry to ensure Americans have access to nutritious foods. We look forward to the President signing the bill before the conclusion of the 115th Congress.”