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President Donald Trump has signed the new farm bill.

The signing of a new farm bill by President Trump on Nov. 20 delivers just what farmers and ranchers were wishing for this Christmas season.

Farm groups were quick to register their appreciation and relief in press statements thanking Trump, his administration and Congress for securing a bill before the clock ran out on 2018.

The American Farm Bureau Federation said enactment means risk-management tools, foreign market development and environmental stewardship programs continue to be available — and on terms that reflect a much tougher economy than when the last farm bill became law.

“The farm bill helps to ensure the food security and economic security of our nation. Directly or indirectly, it benefits everyone in towns large and small,” Zippy Duvall, AFBF president, said.

National Farmers Union said the leaders and staff of House and Senate agriculture committees delivered on much-needed improvements to the previous farm bill and continued support for programs that aid family farm sustainability and emerging markets.

“Farmers Union members are relieved to have the support of the farm bill heading into an uncertain future for American agriculture,” Roger Johnson, NFU president, said.

“We’re entering a sixth year of devastatingly low farm prices, leading to substantial financial stress for farm families and forcing many out of business,” he said.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said Trump’s signature is a Christmas present to American agriculture.

“Farmers take financial risks every year as a matter of doing business, so having a farm bill in place gives them peace of mind to make their decisions for the future,” he said.

The National Association of Wheat Growers said the signing marked a historic event for all of U.S. agriculture.

“The 2018 Farm Bill provides farmers with the certainty and stability they need to continue producing a safe and nutritious food supply while using fewer resources and maintaining healthy soil for crops,” Jimmie Musick, NAWG president, said.

National Corn Growers Association said farmers will be able to look forward to a new year with the certainty of a new farm bill.

“Between depressed commodity prices, record-low farm incomes and tariffs and trade uncertainty, today’s signing is very welcome news,” NCGA stated.

The American Soybean Association said it’s a success to have the legislation signed before the end of the year.

“We appreciate the level of assurance the bill provides and will now be able to better focus on working with the administration and Congress on other issues affecting the competitiveness and profitability of U.S. beans,” Davie Stephens, ASA president, said.

The National Milk Producers Federation said the bill enacts necessary reform for dairy farmers.

“By signing the farm bill, the president has acknowledged the problems dairy producers face and has put his stamp on improving their circumstances,” Randy Mooney, NMPF chairman, said.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition said it is grateful that Trump didn’t impose any further delays on an already prolonged process.

“America’s family farmers, rural communities and food-insecure families have waited long enough for a new farm bill,” Juli Obudzinski, NSAC interim policy director, said.

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