Wyoming's U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis joined a bi-partisan majority this week in the House to pass H.R. 2642, by a 251-166 vote.
It's the latest version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management, or FARRM, act.
According to a release from the congresswoman's office, the farm bill, that was written in 2008, expired in 2012, and has been continuing on extensions of current policy. The conference agreement now goes to the Senate for final passage.
In the release, the congresswoman states that this negotiated Conference Report cuts mandatory spending by $23 billion over 10 years, including closing some loopholes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for a savings of $8 billion. It also ends direct and counter-cyclical payments in the commodities title and replaces them with farm risk management and crop insurance programs for producers.
For the people of Wyoming, the act creates more flexibility in conservation programs, provides research and rural development dollars and reauthorizes expired livestock disaster programs. It also gives the forest service flexibility to contract with individuals and public or private entities to achieve land management goals.