House Bill 2
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 115-334 on Dec 20, 2018
Apr 12, 2018
Latest Action
Dec 20, 2018
Origin Chamber
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
Policy Area
Agriculture and Food
Agriculture and Food
Primary focus of measure is agricultural practices; agricultural prices and marketing; agricultural education; food assistance or nutrition programs; food industry, supply, and safety; aquaculture; horticulture and plants. Measures concerning international trade in agricultural products may fall under Foreign Trade and International Finance policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
December 12, 2018
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House Roll Call Votes

Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018

This bill (commonly known as the farm bill) reauthorizes through FY2023 and modifies Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that address:

  • commodity support,
  • conservation,
  • trade and international food aid,
  • nutrition assistance,
  • farm credit,
  • rural development,
  • research and extension activities,
  • forestry,
  • horticulture, and
  • crop insurance.

The bill modifies agriculture and nutrition policies to:

  • expand the work requirements and modify the eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program),
  • repeal the Conservation Stewardship Program and incorporate parts of the program into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program,
  • revise the requirements and process for the Environmental Protection Agency pesticide registration program,
  • require farmers to make a one-time election to obtain either price loss coverage or agricultural risk coverage for the 2019-2023 crop years,
  • allow payment yields used for price loss coverage payments to be updated once in counties affected by drought,
  • rename the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers as the Dairy Risk Management Program and modify coverage levels and premiums,
  • combine several trade programs into a single International Market Development Program,
  • increase the loan limits for guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans,
  • establish new broadband standards for projects financed through USDA, and
  • expand the categorical exclusions that exempt certain forest management activities from requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to prepare an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement.