WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez voted in favor of the bipartisan farm bill, which was reported by a bicameral conference committee and passed by a vote of 87-13. The 2018 Farm Bill protects and maintains the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps 818,000 low income New Jerseyans buy groceries to feed their families, continues investments in programs that support crops essential to New Jersey such as blueberries and cranberries, improves and expands federal programs for urban and vertical farming, implements a permanent ban on the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption and reauthorizes the Cotton Trust Fund to help the state’s clothing manufacturers.
“I’m proud that this bipartisan bill will deliver big wins to New Jersey and that it protects hardworking families from cuts to vital programs,” said Sen. Menendez. “This legislation will help the Garden State live up to its name by supporting sustainable agriculture and farm jobs in South Jersey while encouraging innovation by urban farmers.”
Specialty Crop Protections
Cotton Trust Fund
In 2011, Sen. Menendez introduced legislation to restore the Cotton Trust Fund. The bill was included in the 2014 Farm Bill and the 2018 Farm Bill maintains Sen. Menendez’s improvements.