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Gianforte Secures Montana Priorities in Farm Bill

December 11, 2018
Press Release

Farm Bill negotiators last night released the Farm Bill Conference Report which includes measures Congressman Greg Gianforte advocated to benefit Montana.

“The new Farm Bill includes a strong safety net for Montana farmers and ranchers, provides them with greater certainty, takes care of our rural communities, and improves how we manage our forests,” Gianforte said. “This Farm Bill has Montana’s fingerprints on it, and I’m grateful the conference committee listened and took Montana’s interests into account when putting together this Farm Bill.”

The Farm Bill Conference Report includes measures Gianforte advocated in a September 2018 letter to leaders of the Farm Bill conference committee.

The new 2018 Farm Bill maintains and strengthens the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage options through 2023, and it enhances the Foreign Market Development program as well as the Market Access Program.

The Farm Bill Conference Report helps Montana farmers and ranchers by improving and expanding access to credit, and it protects Montana sugar beet growers and processors by maintaining the sugar program.

The Conference Report also includes Gianforte’s Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs Act, or SIREN Act, which reauthorizes a grant program for EMS training and equipment acquisition in rural areas.

The new 2018 Farm Bill also includes forest management reforms which Gianforte successfully pushed, including a provision extending Good Neighbor Authority to county governments. Under current law, only state governments can enter into agreements to perform forest management services on National Forest System lands. Gianforte’s measure allows the U.S. Forest Service to enter into agreements with county governments.