(Posted Fri. Aug 3rd, 2012)
Aug. 3: The July Corn Congress meeting in Washington, D.C. could not have come at a better time for the Public Policy Action Team. As Congress continued consideration of the 2012 farm bill, the two-day meeting centered on the five-year farm bill and crop insurance during this historic drought.
“Our action team has spent a significant amount of time working on a new farm bill over the past two years,” Anthony Bush, chair of the Public Policy Action from Mount Gilead, Ohio. “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to discuss contents of the bill and meet our lawmakers as debate continues.”
Members were briefed by Senate Agriculture Committee staff on farm and risk management policy and received numerous farm bill analyses from agriculture economists. In addition, the team spent a significant amount of time discussing messaging strategy for the House, since the Senate had passed the legislation prior to these discussions.
PPAT members were also briefed on the Dodd-Frank Legislation and crop insurance rating methodology reforms.