USDA Reports on Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill


In an April 12th press release, the USDA outlined initiatives implemented following enactment of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill). Items of relevance to the poultry industry include:

Title VII

On March 28th, nominations were requested for members to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board and the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council. During March, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service issued a call for nominations for the National Organic Standards Board leading to a more diverse candidate pool.

Title XII

The office of Homeland Security has commenced a series of programs to educate the Intelligence Community on Threats to Agriculture.

Title III Trade

The Foreign Agricultural Service allocated $204 million to the Market Access Program and Foreign Market and Development Program. A total of $155 million was assigned to the Food for Progress Program.

Title IV

The USDA is actively implementing provisions of the (Farm Bill) with respect to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program including training and informational memoranda.