House Agriculture Committee Releases 2018 Farm Bill

Yesterday the House Agriculture Committee released their text of the 2018 Farm Bill. Why is this important to the research community? The Farm Bill effects virtually all actions taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including the agency’s oversight of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). This bill is a perennial target for use as a vehicle to enact further restrictions on animal research.

The Senate has yet to release its version of the bill. The question of whether a House version would be introduced was in doubt due to controversy over nutrition and food stamps issues.

Please visit the House Agriculture Committee’s web page on the Farm Bill to read the bill, fact sheets, and other resources.