(Posted Wed. Sep 12th, 2012)
Sept. 12: During a rally on Capitol Hill today, National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer called on Congress to do their job and pass a new, five-year farm bill. Over 80 agriculture organizations and associations supported the rally today as part of the Farm Bill Now coalition. The current bill is set to expire Sept. 30.
“Just like every other farmer here, I had to get off the combine to come to Washington to deliver this message to Congress: Do your job!” Niemeyer said during the rally. “America needs a new, five-year comprehensive farm bill now. Agriculture is one of the few bright spots in the American economy. We continue to be more productive and innovative. But we need to have some certainty about how we plan our business. And that is exactly what the farm bill does.”
Nearly 500 farmers heard from a bi-partisan group of congressmen and 10 organizations representing interests from row crops, specialty crops, energy and retailers. The event was also live-streamed on FarmBillNow.com and a link to the entire rally is now posted to the site.
“The groups here today are diverse in what we want in the bill, but unified in saying we need a new, five-year farm bill,” Niemeyer said. “Congress has known for 1,732 days that the current farm bill is going to expire on September 30th. We are tired of the excuses as to why the new farm bill isn’t done. We need Congress to come together and pass a Farm Bill Now!”