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With the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 released on June 8 by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, proponents say the bill provides certainty and predictability for producers across all regions, as well as those in need of assistance.

Here are five key areas of the bill, according to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Providing certainty

  • Preserving and strengthening crop insurance and other risk management tools for commodity, dairy, livestock, and other producers
  • Providing flexibility for producers during times of natural disasters
  • Continuing and strengthening export and trade-related programs
  • Supporting agriculture research and encouraging research partnerships that make farmers more productive and profitable

Strengthening integrity and food access for families

  • Strengthening the integrity of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Building on successful public-private partnerships and job training to improve SNAP participants’ path to sustainable employment
  • Protecting food assistance for families and expanding access to healthy foods
  • Reducing burdensome paperwork for seniors in need of assistance

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Strengthening voluntary conservation and forest management

  • Investing in voluntary conservation on working lands and expanding regional partnerships that leverage private funds to address natural resource concerns and improve water quality
  • Providing forest management reforms to federal land managers and protecting against wildfires
  • Securing opportunities for outdoor recreation by adding 1 million new acres to the Conservation Reserve Program and strengthening voluntary public access 

Investing in Rural America

  • Connecting rural America by expanding high-speed internet
  • Fighting the opioid epidemic with prevention and treatment efforts
  • Investing in water infrastructure for rural communities
  • Preserving renewable energy investments that lower utility bills and support energy installation jobs

Growing diversity of the American agriculture economy

  • Supporting farmer veterans and new farmers beginning careers in agriculture
  • Strengthening local food economies that enable farmers to sell their products to their neighbors
  • Growing emerging opportunities in organic production and urban agriculture
  • Bolstering biodefense preparedness efforts to protect United States agriculture and food.

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