Yesterday, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law.  The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes many of the programs under the 2014 Farm Bill as it embodies a large percentage of the federal government’s rural and agriculture policies.  

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spoke briefly at the signing ceremony where he noted the absence of additional forest management provisions in the final bill was a disappointment.  In lieu of forest management legislation, Secretary Perdue indicated the U.S. Department of Agriculture will use its own authority to promote active forest management programs in the future.