489 Groups Support Passage of the Farm Bill

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The following letter was drafted by the American Farm Bureau Federation urging the passage of the farm bill. The letter was sent to the House of Representatives December 12, 2018 in an effort for swift action on the floor. In total, 489 groups signed the letter in support the legislation; the ICBSD is one of them. The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan bill on Wednesday. The legislation already passed the Senate on Tuesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. The Senate vote for the bill was 87-13.

December 12, 2018


The Honorable

United States House

Washington, DC 20515


Dear Representative:


The undersigned organizations would like to express our support for H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and urge its adoption.


This farm bill supports farmers and ranchers, protects crop insurance and conservation programs, invests in efforts to expand foreign markets, protects animal health and prioritizes agricultural research and rural development. This bill is critical to providing all stakeholders, including farmers, ranchers and consumers, with consistent policy for the next five years as well as the sectors and industries that rely on them.


American rural economies are struggling in the face of successive years of declining prices, high and rising foreign tariffs and subsidies, and the unpredictability of Mother Nature. This farm bill helps address these and countless other issues to ensure farmers, ranchers, and rural America can survive these difficult times.


Your support is key to enacting this important piece of legislation. We respectfully urge you to vote “yes” on H.R. 2.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Ag New Mexico, Farm Credit Services, ACA

AgCarolina Farm Credit, ACA

AgChoice Farm Credit, ACA

AgCountry Farm Credit Services, ACA

AgCredit, ACA

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank

AgGeorgia Farm Credit, ACA

AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, ACA

AgPreference, ACA

AgriBank, FCB

Agricultural Council of Arkansas

AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA

AgTexas Farm Credit Services

AgVantis, Inc.

Alabama Ag Credit, ACA

Alabama Cotton Commission

Alabama Farm Credit, ACA

Alabama Farmers Federation

Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Association

Alabama Peanut Producers Association

Alaska Farm Bureau, Inc.

Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC


American AgCredit, ACA

American Agri-Women

American Association of Crop Insurers

American Bankers Association

American Beekeeping Federation

American Beverage Association

American Cotton Shippers Association

American Crystal Sugar Company

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Farmland Trust

American Malting Barley Association

American Pulse Association

American Seed Trade Association

American Sheep Industry

American Society of Agronomy

American Society of Animal Science

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

American Sugar Cane League

American Sugarbeet Growers Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Water Works Association

American Wood Council

Anderson’s Maple Syrup, Inc.

Animal Health Institute

ArborOne Farm Credit

ArborOne, ACA

Arizona Cotton Growers Association

Arizona Farm Bureau Federation

Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association

Arkansas Community Bankers

Arkansas Cotton Warehouse Association

Arkansas Farm Bureau

Arkansas Forestry Association

Arkansas Rice Federation

Association of American Universities

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Bascom Maple Farms, Inc.

Big I New Jersey

Big I New York

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Blackland Cotton and Grain Producers, Inc.

Calcot, LTD

California Association of Wheat Growers

California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association

California Farm Bureau Federation

Cape Fear Farm Credit, ACA

Capital Farm Credit, ACA

Carolina Farm Credit, ACA

Catfish Farmers of Arkansas

Central Kentucky, ACA

Central Texas Farm Credit, ACA

Cherry Marketing Institute

Clemson University Extension

CoBank, ACB

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois

Colonial Farm Credit, ACA

Colorado Association of Wheat Growers

Colorado Corn Growers Association

Colorado Farm Bureau

Colorado Sorghum Association

Community Bankers Association of Georgia

Community Bankers Association of Illinois

Community Bankers Association of Kansas

Community Bankers Association of Ohio

Community Bankers of Michigan

Compeer Financial, ACA

Connecticut Farm Bureau Association

Corn Growers of North Carolina

Corn Refiners Association

Cotton and Grain Producers of Lower Rio Grande Valley

Cotton Growers Cooperative

Cotton Growers Warehouse Association

Cotton Producers of Missouri

Cotton Warehouse Association of America

Cottonseed and Feed Association

Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau

Crop Insurance Professionals Association

Crop Science Society of America

Dairy Farmers of America-Michigan

Delaware Farm Bureau

Delta Agricultural Credit Association

Delta Council

Ducks Unlimited

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative

Entomological Society of America

Farm Credit Bank of Texas

Farm Credit Council

Farm Credit East, ACA

Farm Credit Illinois, ACA

Farm Credit Mid-America, ACA

Farm Credit Midsouth, ACA

Farm Credit of Central Florida, ACA

Farm Credit of Enid, ACA

Farm Credit of Florida, ACA

Farm Credit of New Mexico, ACA

Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, ACA

Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, ACA

Farm Credit of the Virginias, ACA

Farm Credit of Western Kansas, ACA

Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, ACA

Farm Credit Services of America, ACA

Farm Credit Services of Colusa-Glenn, ACA

Farm Credit Services of Hawaii, ACA

Farm Credit Services of Mandan, ACA

Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, ACA

Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, ACA

Farm Credit Southeast Missouri, ACA

Farm Journal Foundation

FCS Financial, ACA

First South Farm Credit, ACA

Florida Association of Insurance Agents

Florida Cattlemen’s Association

Florida Citrus Mutual

Florida Farm Bureau Federation

Florida Peanut Producers Association

Florida Sugar Cane League

Food Producers of Idaho

Fresno-Madera Farm Credit, ACA

Frontier Farm Credit, ACA

Georgia Agribusiness Council

Georgia Bankers Association

Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

Georgia Cotton Commission

Georgia Farm Bureau

Georgia Forestry Association

Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Georgia Peanut Commission

Georgia Poultry Federation

Georgia/Florida Soybean Associations

Glades Crop Care, Inc.

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Golden State Farm Credit, ACA

Great Plains Canola Association

GreenStone Farm Credit Services, ACA

Harvest Land Co-op

Heritage Land Bank, ACA

High Plains Farm Credit, ACA

Hill Country Conservancy

Idaho AgCredit, ACA

Idaho Alfalfa/Clover Seed Commission

Idaho Alfalfa/Clover Seed Growers Association

Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts

Idaho Cooperative Council, Inc.

Idaho Dairymen’s Association

Idaho Farm Bureau Federation

Idaho Grain Producers Association

Idaho Hay & Forage Association

Idaho Honey Industry Association

Idaho Oilseed Commission

Idaho Onion Growers’ Association

Idaho Weed Control Association

Illinois Farm Bureau

Illinois Soybean Growers

Independent Bankers Association of New York State

Independent Bankers Association of Texas

Independent Bankers of Colorado

Independent Banks of South Carolina

Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico

Independent Community Bankers of America

Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota

Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota

Independent Community Banks of North Dakota

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of South Carolina

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Arizona

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Idaho

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Oregon

Independent Insurance Agents Association of Montana

Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas

Independent Insurance Agents of Connecticut

Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois

Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana

Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa

Independent Insurance Agents of Maryland

Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi

Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska

Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico

Independent Insurance Agents of North Dakota

Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island

Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota

Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia

Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin

Indiana Bankers Association

Indiana Corn Growers Association

Indiana Farm Bureau

Indiana Soybean Alliance

Insurance Agents & Brokers of Delaware

Insurance Agents & Brokers of Pennsylvania

International Dairy Foods Association

International Maple Syrup Institute

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Iowa Soybean Association

IR-4 Project

Kansas Association of Wheat Growers

Kansas Cotton Association

Kansas Farm Bureau

Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association

Kansas Soybean Association

Kansas State University

Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association

Kentucky Corn Growers Association

Kentucky Dairy Development Council

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council

Kentucky Pork Producers Association

Kentucky Poultry Federation

Kentucky Sheep and Goat Association

Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association

Kentucky Soybean Association

Kentucky Woodland Owners Association

Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Legacy Ag Credit, ACA

Livestock Marketing Association

Lone Star, ACA

Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association

Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

Louisiana Independent Rice Producers Association

Louisiana Independent Warehouse Association

Louisiana Land Bank, ACA

MACMA Processing Apple Growers

MACMA Processing Asparagus Growers

Maine Farm Bureau

Maine Insurance Agents Association

Maine Maple Products, Inc.

Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut

Maryland Farm Bureau

Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents

MBG Marketing, The Blueberry People

Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association

Michigan Ag Commodities

Michigan Allied Poultry Industries

Michigan Apple Association

Michigan Aquaculture Association

Michigan Asparagus Research Committee

Michigan Association of Insurance Agents

Michigan Bean Commission

Michigan Cattlemen’s Association

Michigan Christmas Tree Association

Michigan Corn Growers Association

Michigan Equine Partnership

Michigan Farm Bureau

Michigan Food Processors Association

Michigan Great Lakes International

Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council

Michigan Milk Producers Association

Michigan Nursery Lawn and Landscape Association

Michigan Pork Producers Association

Michigan Sheep Producers Association

Michigan Soybean Association

Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Michigan Sugar Company

Michigan Vegetable Council

MidAtlantic Farm Credit, ACA

Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative

Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers

Minnesota Barley Growers Association

Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Minnesota Farm Bureau

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association

Mississippi Beekeepers Association

Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association

Mississippi Corn Growers Association

Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation

Mississippi Land Bank, ACA

Mississippi Peanut Growers Association

Mississippi Poultry Association

Mississippi Rice Council

Mississippi Soybean Association

Missouri Association of Insurance Agents

Missouri Farm Bureau

Missouri Independent Bankers Association

Missouri Soybean Association

Montana Association of Wheat Growers

Montana Farm Bureau Federation

National All-Jersey Inc.

National Association for the Advancement of Animal Science

National Association of Conservation Districts

National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

National Association of Plant Breeders

National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Barley Growers Association

National Barley Improvement Committee

National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative

National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Cotton Ginners Association

National Cottonseed Products Association

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Council of Textile Organizations

National Crop Insurance Services

National Farmers Union

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Onion Association

National Peach Council

National Pork Producers Council

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

National Rural Lenders

National Sorghum Producers

National Sunflower Association

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation

Nebraska Independent Community Bankers

Nebraska Soybean Association

Nebraska Wheat Growers Association

New Hampshire Farm Bureau

New Hampshire Maple Producers Association

New Jersey Farm Bureau

New Mexico Sorghum Association

New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association

New York Farm Bureau

Nezperce Prairie Grass Growers Association

Non-Land-Grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities

North Carolina Agribusiness Council, Inc

North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association

North Carolina Cotton Producers Association

North Carolina Farm Bureau

North Carolina Peanut Growers Association

North Carolina Pork Council

North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association

North Carolina Soybean Producers Association

North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission

North Dakota Farm Bureau

North Dakota Grain Growers Association

North Dakota Soybean Growers Association

Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives

Northern Canola Growers Association

Northern Pulse Growers Association

Northwest Farm Credit Services, ACA

Ohio Corn and Wheat Association

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Ohio Insurance Agents Association

Ohio Soybean Association

Oklahoma AgCredit, ACA

Oklahoma Cotton Council

Oklahoma Farm Bureau

Oklahoma Sorghum Association

Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association

Oregon Bankers Association

Oregon Farm Bureau Federation

Oregon Wheat Growers League

Pacific Northwest Canola Association

Palmetto AgriBusiness Council

Panhandle Peanut Growers Association

Penn State University

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

Pheasants Forever

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Plains Land Bank, FLCA

Pollinator Partnership

Potato Growers of Michigan

Prairie Water User Group

Premier Farm Credit, ACA

Produce Marketing Association

Puerto Rico Farm Credit, ACA

Purdue University

Quail Forever

Rain and Hail Insurance Society

Reinsurance Association of America

Rhode Island Farm Bureau Federation

Rice Producers of California

Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers

River Valley AgCredit, ACA

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rolling Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Rural Community Insurance Services

San Joaquin Valley Quality Cotton Growers Association

Select Milk Producers, Inc.

Sidney Sugars Incorporated

Society of American Florists

Soil Science Society of America

South Carolina Cotton Board

South Carolina Farm Bureau

South Carolina Peach Council

South Dakota Farm Bureau

South Dakota Wheat Incorporated

South East Dairy Farmers Association

South Texas Cotton and Grain Association

Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association

Southern AgCredit, ACA

Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors

Southern Cotton Growers, Inc.

Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation

Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association

Southwest Council of Agribusiness

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, ACA

Spreckels Sugar Company

St. Lawrence Cotton Growers Association

Staplcotn Coop Association

Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation

Sustainable Food Policy Alliance

Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation

Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council

Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association

Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Texas Citrus Mutual

Texas Corn Producers Association

Texas Farm Bureau

Texas Farm Credit Services

Texas Grain and Feed Association

Texas Grain Sorghum Association

Texas Pecan Growers Association

Texas Rice Council

Texas Rice Producers Legislative Group

Texas Seed Trade Association

Texas Soybean Association

Texas Wheat Producers Association

The Fertilizer Institute

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Pea and Lentil Trade Association

United Dairymen of Arizona

United Fresh Produce Association

United Onions USA, Inc.

University of Tennessee at Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

US Beet Sugar Association

US Canola Association

US Dry Bean Council

US Rice Producers Association

US Sweet Potato Council

USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

USA Rice

Vermont Farm Bureau

Vermont Insurance Agents Association

Virginia Agribusiness Council

Virginia Cotton Growers Association

Virginia Farm Bureau

Virginia Soybean Association

Washington Association of Wheat Growers

Washington Farm Bureau

Washington State Potato Commission

Washington State Sheep Producers

Washington State University

Washington State University, CAHNRS

Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Weed Science Society of America

Western AgCredit, ACA

Western Equipment Dealers Association

Western Growers

Western Peanut Growers Association

Western Pulse Growers Association

Western Sugar Cooperative

Western United Dairymen

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association

Wisconsin Soybean Association

Women Involved in Farm Economics

Wyoming Sugar Company, LLC

Wyoming Wheat Growers Association

Yankee Farm Credit, ACA

Yosemite Farm Credit, ACA

Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association

Zurich North America