Last week, the House of Representatives failed to pass its version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 198-213. Cooperative Network joined over 150 organizations on a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to reject any amendments that could weaken programs designed to help farmers who are seeing the greatest decline in farm income since the Great Depression. The letter focused in on three potential damaging amendments which would dramatically cut the Crop Insurance Program, undermine sugar policy, and impose unworkable payment limits. Cooperative Network also signed a petition with over 400 other organizations, ranging from farmers to lenders to conservation organizations, urging Congress to do no harm to the crop insurance program. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) President Chuck Conner commented after the vote, “NCFC would like to recognize and thank House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway for his hard work in crafting the 2018 farm bill over the past months. While today’s vote on the House floor is deeply disappointing, we believe that at the end of the day it will be seen as only a bump in the road on the way to passing the farm bill that America’s farmers and ranchers so urgently need. As the chairman begins to take the next steps in this process, NCFC will continue to support his efforts to see a new farm bill enacted by the end of the fiscal year.” It is anticipated that the House will craft a new version of the Farm Bill, with a vote expected sometime next month.