(Posted Fri. Jul 27th, 2012)
July 27: As the drought continues throughout the country, National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack thanking him for his efforts. The Secretary has communicated with the public about the drought and carefully explained potential impacts.
“NCGA thanks you for your calm and reasoned leadership during this time of drought,” Niemeyer stated in the letter. “America’s corn farmers greatly appreciate your efforts to keep commodity markets stable, alleviate consumers’ concerns about food prices and aid farmers and livestock producers.”
Secretary Vilsack has participated in several high level meetings on this topic, including briefing President Obama. The Secretary has also been a committed supporter for American agriculture on this topic during recent interviews with CNBC and a press briefing at the White House. In addition, the Secretary called a special meeting of the White House Rural Council today to discuss how federal agencies can work together to respond to the drought.
“As you have stated repeatedly, no one knows how many bushels of corn this crop will produce until harvest,” Niemeyer said. “Panicked speculation about yield will only serve to slow our nation’s economic progress and unduly frighten Americans about their food security. We appreciate your steadfast support for agricultural production in our nation.”
To read the entire letter, click here.
To visit NCGA’s drought page, click here.