USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill on Feb. 26. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.
The listening session is 9 a.m. Feb. 26, 2019, in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C.
The listening session is open to the public. Participants must register at farmers.gov/farmbill by Feb. 22, 2019, to attend the listening session and are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the listening session. For those orally presenting comments at the listening session, written comments are encouraged to be submitted to regulations.gov by Feb. 22, 2019. Additional written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Comments received will be publicly available on http://www.regulations.gov/.
“The 2018 Farm Bill is intended to provide support, certainty and stability to our nation’s farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation,” said USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “Truly this is a Farm Bill that improves farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and preserves strong rural development and research initiatives. At USDA we are eager to hear from our stakeholders on policy recommendations, so we can start working on implementing these important Farm Bill provisions."