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Peanut farmers praise Senate and House for passage of 2018 Farm Bill

Members of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation are appreciative of the work of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in passing The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The U.S. Senate passed the report 87 to 13 on Tuesday and the U.S. House of Representatives followed today with a vote of 369 to 47. The legislation is now headed to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

“We are glad to see that the bill has passed the House and Senate. This is a solid farm bill for all segments of the peanut industry and it provides stability to growers planning for the 2019 crop and beyond,” says Armond Morris, a Georgia peanut farmer and chairman of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and Georgia Peanut Commission. “The Conference Committee leadership has worked well together and has delivered this important legislation to the President, and we really appreciate their hard work.”

Chairman Morris continues, “We are also very appreciative of the hard work on the Conference Committee of Congressmen from the Southeast including Austin Scott, David Scott, Rick Allen, Mike Rogers, Neal Dunn and Ted Yoho to preserve the peanut provisions within the farm bill. All of these supporters serve on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.”

The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation is very pleased with the peanut provisions of the farm bill passed by Congress. The production of peanuts alone contributes approximately $3 billion to the Southeastern economy. This includes thousands of jobs in many rural counties across the Southeast.

The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation is comprised of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission and the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association. For more information visit southernpeanutfarmers.org.

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