US Congressman Mike Johnson speaks on Farm Bill

US Rep Mike Johnson visited DeSoto and Red River parishes on Tuesday, Aug. 8 to discuss the issues facing farmers, small business owners and our agriculture industry. He spoke in depth about the Farm Bill and how it affects our local area.

The United States addresses agricultural and food policy through a variety of programs. Including nutrition assistance, crop insurance, commodity support and conservation. Much of the legal framework for agricultural and food policy is set through a legislative process that occurs approximately every 5 years. The current farm law, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Act) remains in force through 2023.

The audiences included crop farmers, cattle farmers, Ag lenders, LSU Ag Center staff and other interested stakeholders. Many voiced their concern at the drastic cuts to agricultural funding included in the 2024 agriculture appropriations bill. Johnson assured the audience that Louisiana farmers are well-represented in this year’s Farm Bill negotiations.