The U.S. Department of Agriculture often refers to the Farm Bill as the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill, but here at the AVMA, we’d like to add that it’s a bill for animals too, because of its far-reaching impact on the work that veterinarians do every day to protect their health and welfare.
The AVMA has worked with policymakers over the past several years so that they understand the critical need for more agricultural research that supports advancements in animal health, production and products. We are pleased that Congress answered that call by passing a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports several crucial veterinary research and food-safety programs that are vitally import for animal health and welfare. The new Farm Bill gives veterinarians and scientists the resources they need to provide the best veterinary care to animals, guard our nation against disease, advance science and keep America’s food supply safe and affordable.
The AVMA applauds congressional members, especially chief Farm Bill architects Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Thad Cochran of Mississippi; and Reps. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, for working through a difficult process to pass the new Farm Bill legislation. They deserve great credit for their outstanding leadership and diligent work.
We’d also like to thank each AVMA member who helped us advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession during Farm Bill deliberations. We couldn’t have done it without you! If you want to help us in our ongoing efforts atop Capitol Hill, check out our advocacy web pages, where you can learn about what we’re doing and help us reach out to congressional members on both sides of the aisle.