The FArm Bill
Depressed commodity prices, the increasing threat of a trade war, and disruptions in the ethanol market are creating uncertainty across the agriculture sector. More than ever, farmers need a new farm bill and a strong farm safety net they can count on.
Farm Bill Fact Sheet - National Corn Growers Association
Crop Insurance Fact Sheet - National Corn Growers Association
About the Farm Bill - House Agriculture Committee
Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Farm Bill
Delivering on a promise, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today are pleased to announce the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was favorably reported out of the Committee with bipartisan support. Click here to watch the meeting.
Commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, the bipartisan 5-year legislation encompasses a broad array of agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy.
“The Senate Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan Farm Bill process is a reminder of how things should work in Washington – listening to the folks back home, working through issues with the other side of the aisle, then writing a good bill,” said Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow. “Today marks another important step in the road to getting an on-time Farm Bill enacted into law. We urge our colleagues to support this bill.”
NCGA Statement on House Failure to Pass Farm Bill
“Passing a farm bill through the House is the first, critical, step in getting a new bill. NCGA urges House Leaders to quickly find a way forward to pass a new farm bill as soon as possible. Depressed commodity prices, the increasing threat of a trade war, and disruptions in the ethanol market are creating uncertainty across rural America. Our farmers need clarity on the prospects of a new farm bill signed into law this year.
“While today’s action is disappointing, we will continue to work with members of Congress and advocate for a strong farm bill that can be signed into law this year.”
-Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association
NCGA Urges Support for Crop Insurance during Farm Bill Debate
NCGA joined a broad, 65-member, coalition in a letter to members of the House of Representatives last week, urging members to protect the crop insurance program during House floor debate on the 2018 Farm Bill.
The groups cited the consistent messages of support for the crop insurance program from the House Agriculture Committee's farm bill listening sessions and speculation that amendments seeking to significantly weaken the program could be considered during the House debate.
"As you consider the 2018 Farm Bill on the House floor, we urge you to oppose harmful amendments to crop insurance, including those that would 1) reduce or limit participation in crop insurance, 2) make insurance more expensive for farmers during a time of economic downturn in agriculture, or 3) harm private-sector delivery," the letter stated.
For a copy of the letter, click here.
NCGA Endorses Thune-Brown ARC Improvement and Innovation Act
The National Corn Growers Association last week endorsed legislation introduced by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to improve the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program.
"The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Improvement and Innovation Act will make needed improvements to the farm safety net, ensuring ARC can continue to be a reliable risk management program for farmers during times of depressed prices. Based on the recommendation of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) grower-led Risk Management Team, NCGA is pleased to endorse this legislation and looks forward to working with the Senate Agriculture Committee on this measure," said NCGA President Kevin Skunes.
The bill incorporates a number of the NCGA Risk Management Action Team's (RMAT) recommendations to enhance the ARC program's effectiveness in a lower price environment. More information on the legislation is available here.