(Posted Wed. Dec 7th, 2011)
Dec. 7: During a Farm Journal Forum Tuesday in Washington, National Corn Growers Association Senior Director of Public Policy Sam Willett outlined NCGA’s priorities for a new farm bill. Willett was joined on the panel by representatives of USDA’s Risk Management Agency and the National Sustainable Ag Coalition.
“NCGA continues advocating for our members as Congress begins writing the new farm bill,” Willett said. “Our farmers are looking for legislation that will provide risk management tools that will help them only when they need assistance. They understand farmers need be able to take on a certain amount of loss in any one year. However, it is very important to protect growers, especially young farmers, from depleting their emergency funds when these types of losses occur over multiple years.”
Willett also outlined the importance of a an effective, affordable crop insurance program and a revenue-based safety net that addresses significant losses not adequately covered by crop insurance.
“Next year’s farm bill debate will provide an opportunity for ag groups to voice their priorities,” Willett said. “We encourage the Ag Committees to craft a market-oriented farm policy that will be both responsive to taxpayers and effective in helping family farms remain viable and productive.”