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American“ rd’rm Isiiteuu I-e'derunbh provul‘e‘s Ag“ 1 BY Wlll RODGER AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION 2018 was a tough year for the farm economy, but Congress and the courts helped soften the blow. EPA WATER RULE - The Supreme Court ordered the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in January to lift its nation- wide stay of the rule, but federal district courts in . North Dakota, Geor- gia and T xas issued interim orders blockmg the rule in dozens of sta - ' Agricultur business organization including AFBF, filed legal briefs asking the courts to permanently eliminate the 2015 rule nationwide; and - In December, EPA and the Army Corps pro- posed a new Clean Water Rule that will —— if final '00. I‘qui Free Trade Agreement, and may have it. After months of nego tiations, officials deliv- ered an agreement that gives America’s farm- ers increased ‘access to dairy in Canada as well as non-discriminatory wheat pricing and ‘ u. I' vl.v I I‘ "6’2. ska? FARM Blll It took longer than many people wanted, but the 2018 farm bill passed the same year it was introduced. Improve- ments in cotton and dairy as well as a largely unchanged Supplemen- .x “A .n- ear II Review communities. The farm bill also fights fraudulent organic imports by authorizing $5 million to help the de- partment collect data on the organic sector. It also establishes $50 million in baseline funding for the Organic Agriculture