(Posted Thu. Mar 15th, 2012)
Mar. 15: Today, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Pam Johnson testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Johnson participated in the final series of farm bill hearings focusing on the Commodity Title.
“NCGA has invested time and resources to develop and analyze concepts for a new farm bill that would help farmers in times of need and be a good investment of taxpayer dollars,” Johnson, a grower from Floyd, Iowa said during her testimony. “We learned that risk management is the number one priority and that federal crop insurance is the cornerstone of a sound farm safety net for the future.”
Johnson also stated NCGA has called for a transition away from the direct payments to a revenue-based risk management tool that complements crop insurance. Growers decided it was time to move toward a farm policy that better addresses today’s production and volatile market risks, such as the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management program. This legislation was proposed by Senators Brown, Thune, Lugar and Durbin last fall.
“NCGA appreciates the difficult task before your committee to write a comprehensive and balanced farm bill, especially under the current budget constraints,” said Johnson. “But, we urge Congress to pass a farm bill this year. We look forward to working with the Senate Agriculture Committee and other agriculture organizations to craft new farm legislation.”
To read the entire testimony, click here.