Congressman LaHood introduces bill to simplify process for enrolling in federal farm programs

By Blake Schnitker on February 5 at 9:31am

Farmers throughout west central Illinois may have less paperwork to fill out for a farm entity every year if a Peoria-based U.S. Representative successfully passes a new bill.

Last week, Congressman Darin LaHood, a Republican representing Illinois’ 18th Congressional District,  introduced a bill known as H.R. 4904, which is designed to simplify the currently-tedious process of enrolling in federal farm programs. Up until this point, the enrollment process for federal farm programs has been a tedious, drawn-out process of collecting signatures and filling out paperwork for each of an individual’s farm entities every year.

Under LaHood’s new legislation, area farmers would have the ability to sign up just once for the commodity program, with that one-time sign up lasting for the duration of the next farm bill. LaHood says H.R. 4904 aims to make that process simpler.

The Congressman says that he’s spoken with many farmers in central and west central Illinois who would like to see this bill go through. And along with local, individual producers, LaHood says this legislation has support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as the Illinois and Federal Farm Bureaus.

The one-time sign up is a high priority for Illinois farmers as Congress writes the 2018 farm bill