Politicians also praised the bill.
“I am pleased we have a new farm bill in place to provide certainty for the next five years to America’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers, and I appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped make it possible,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla.
Now the farm bill has been signed, the USDA is on the clock.
Politico reports according to Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation, the first item on the USDA's to-do list should be putting in place a disaster assistance program for ranchers.
Those guys haven’t had help in over two years,” Thatcher told Politico in an article here.
Thatcher also warned the USDA needs to be mindful that American farmers will be going back into the fields soon and the government will have to act fast to establish the new crop insurance and subsidy programs that were the hallmark achievement for lawmakers in the new farm bill.