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GFVGA Applauds Congress for Farm Bill Passage

Wednesday, December 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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GFVGA expresses appreciation to the House and Senate for their bipartisan approval of the 2018 Farm Bill. Today the House voted to pass the Farm Bill with a vote of 369-47. Yesterday the Senate approved the legislation by a vote of 87-14. The Farm Bill will now go to President Trump for his signature. 
 
"We are very pleased with the support of the Georgia delegation to pass this critical legislation for our growers and all of American agriculture. We appreciate the hard work of those members of the Agriculture Committee that drafted this legislation to ensure assistance and support of the fruit and vegetable industry," said Mike Bruorton, GFVGA President. "This bill is a win-win for both the American consumer, to ensure they have access to nutritious fruits and vegetables, and to our GFVGA members to help with programs that support our industry. We truly appreciate the members of the Georgia delegation and their support in passing this critical legislation."
 
Included in the Farm Bill are several major victories for the fresh produce industry:
  • Enhanced research funding for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative
  • Support for several other programs that help growers with insect, disease and pest management
  • Continued strong investment in the Specialty Crop Block Grant program
  • Support for trade programs to aid growers in expanding export opportunities
  • Nutrition program initiatives that increase consumer's and school children's access to fresh produce
The farm bill represents over $3 billion in resources and policy changes dedicated to support important programs targeted by the fresh fruit and vegetable industry. 
 
For more information contact the GFVGA office, Charles Hall, Executive Director at 706-845-8200 or email chall@asginfo.net.

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