January 29, 2020

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Budget; and, Immigration

Farm Bill

A news release Wednesday from Senator Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) indicated that, “[Hagan] today visited J.P. Davenport & Son Farm in Greenville to talk about the importance of approving a Farm Bill. In June, Hagan helped pass a bipartisan Senate Farm Bill that contained major victories for North Carolina farmers. The Senate and House of Representatives must agree on a Farm Bill before the current law expires on September 30. Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, generating $77 billion in economic activity and employing nearly one-fifth of the state’s workforce.

“‘Agriculture is North Carolina’s biggest industry, and one of the most pressing issues facing Congress right now is the looming deadline to pass a new Farm Bill,’ said Hagan. ‘Approving a 2013 Farm Bill would give farms like J.P. Davenport and Son the certainty needed to expand and create jobs, and access to new measures that help to recover after losses caused by events outside their control. Congress must put partisan politics aside and approve a 2013 Farm Bill to keep our agricultural economy humming.’”

The update stated that, “The Davenports rely on federal crop insurance to protect against losses caused by extreme weather and other events outside their control.

“‘Federal Crop Insurance has a direct positive impact on farmers, and I appreciate Senator Hagan’s leadership to strengthen the program in this year’s Farm Bill,’ said Lawrence Davenport, co-owner of J.P. Davenport & Son.”