(Posted Fri. Dec 4th, 2015)
Thursday night, Congress passed the FAST Act, a bill that extends federal highway funding for the next 5 years and repeals a $3 billion cut to the federal crop insurance program enacted earlier this year. The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland.
“Last month, Congress cut $3 billion from the federal crop insurance program, a devastating blow to a vital risk management tool for farmers. The farm community was right to speak out against these cuts, which would have ultimately hurt farmers by reducing their access to crop insurance. Thanks to the many farmers who contacted their elected officials and made their voices heard, funding to this important federal program has been restored.
“We especially want to thank Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), and their committee members for their leadership on this issue.
“We are pleased to see Congress finally move forward on a long-term funding solution for our nation’s highways, roads and bridges. Farmers and ranchers need safe roads and bridges to get our products to market quickly, safely, and efficiently. This bill is a step in the right direction.”