House Votes on 2018 Farm Bill

A vote on final passage of the 2018 Farm Bill fell short of approval in the U.S. House of Representatives today. It is unfortunate the bill was not approved, as it provided a number of key provisions requested by the American Sheep Industry Association.

Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (Texas) shepherded the legislation through committee and onto the House floor this week with provisions supporting wool and cotton textiles, and mandatory funding provided for minor species animal drug development. These were two key asks of the American sheep industry. Additional risk management was reauthorized with crop insurance and a wool marketing loan in the proposed bill. ASI also actively supported a vaccine development program for disease preparedness, which was newly funded in the bill, as well.

The bill also included language by Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) directing fair treatment of sheep ranchers by federal land management agencies regarding conflicts with wild sheep. The current Farm Bill expires in September.

For more background on the sheep provisions supported by ASI in the Farm Bill visit