9 Senators Appointed to Farm Bill Conference Committee 
U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow announced that the Senate has voted to move forward with the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee. The Senators also announced the appointees who will serve on the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee.
47 House Members Appointed to Farm Bill Conference Committee 
The House of Representatives has moved to send the 2018 Farm Bill to conference committee. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have appointed 47 members to the 2018 farm bill conference committee.
USDA Assists Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation
To help ease some of the effects international trade disputes are having on farmers and ranchers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will provide up to $12 billion in assistance programs while the Trump administration continues to pursue long-term changes to U.S. trade relationships. 
Disaster Resources Available in California Due to Drought and Wildfires
Assistance though USDA's CA Farm Service Agency may be available for ranchers, farmers and producers in California such as emergency, direct, and guaranteed farm loans to help them recover and rebuild in the wake of droughts and wildfires.

USDA has moved quickly to help with recovery efforts in California. For example, following the wildfires, USDA made 756 emergency, direct and guaranteed operating loans to farmers and ranchers in California totaling about $75 million.
Updated 2018 WFRP Handbook
RMA has published an updated 2018 WFRP Handbook. This handbook replaces the WFRP Handbook, dated June 2017. This handbook provides the official underwriting standards for WFRP policies.

There were two major changes:
  • Removed the note waiving the requirement to file a notice of loss for production lost in the 2017 crop year due to UUF or third party damage.
  • Changed acres and production to zero (0) for 2017 crop year to be consistent with procedures in Para. 1305G(2)(d).
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