Local farm groups, politicians and agriculture experts welcomed the passage of the 2018 farm bill, signed into law by President Donald Trump on Thursday.
The $867 billion bill includes $664 billion over 10 years for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Most of the rest of the $203 billion in the bill will fund crop insurance, farm commodity programs and conservation.
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst called the signing of the new bill “a relief.”
Hurst said that crop insurance programs tend to be most important for growers of row crops in Missouri. He also pointed to some safety-net programs that would protect farmers when prices are low.
After a difficult year for soybean farmers in the state, Missouri Soybean Association President Brooks Hurst called the bill “critical” to the soybean industry as American producers look to increase demand and develop new markets for their crops.
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