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The Farm Bill is the cornerstone policy document for our grain farmers’ line of business The 2014 bill ‘sunsets’ in 2018, and all sectors of agriculture production have begun setting their positions and sharing those perspectives with national elected leaders. KyCorn is no different.
Our elected leaders in Washington, DC have asked about our positions, and based on what is obvious to the needs of Kentucky’s grain industry, we have been providing positions and priorities. But as the negotiations intensify over the winter, it is imperative that Kentucky corn farmers collectively provide a clear and specific message to Congressional leaders about what the next four to six years of farm policy should look like for your sustainability – financial, environmental, and otherwise.
The farm bill is always a delicate balance of food programs and commodity programs with limited spending capacity. On the commodity programs and crop insurance side of the spectrum, priorities often shift amongst different crops, and even different regions of the same crop. We believe strongly in the grassroots system as the best way to show our champions in Washington, DC what Kentucky needs in the next farm bill.
But a grassroots organization must do its homework before it can advocate for its industry and for the people it represents. So, we are hosting a set of four listening sessions, November 20 and 21, to surface and prioritize the wants and needs of our corner of the grain producing industry.
Monday, November 20 – Elizabethtown: Breakfast available at 7:30 a.m. ET, session begins at 8 a.m. Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau, 1020 N. Mulberry St.
Monday, November 20 – Owensboro: Lunch available at 11:30 a.m. CT, session begins at noon. Owensboro Community and Technical College, 4800 New Hartford Rd.
Tuesday, November 21 – Hopkinsville: Breakfast available at 7:30 a.m. CT, session begins at 8 a.m. Hopkinsville Elevator, 1040 Skyline Dr.
Tuesday, November 21 – Mayfield: Lunch available at 12:30 p.m. CT, session begins at 1 p.m. West Kentucky Rural Cooperative, 1218 W. Broadway St.
These listening sessions are carefully structured to allow the highest level of discussion as efficiently as possible. They will each last about two hours. They will be moderated by Jonathan Coppess, Director of both the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program and the Bock Ag Law/Policy Program at the University of Illinois and former administrator of Farm Programs at USDA/FSA and chief counsel for the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
Mr. Coppess knows every in and out of federal farm policy at the policy development level and the policy implementation level. He will ensure efficient and accurate discussion. Each session blocks a segment of time for participants to anonymously, through electronic survey, submit preferences to critical decision points. Also at each session, there will be time for open discussion on individual perspectives of what did/did not work in the 2014 Farm Bill and how it should be improved.
We have heavy hitters in Congress; given clear guidance, they are as capable as anyone in Congress at advancing what you say you need into law.
Please join us and let your voice be heard.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LINKS:
McConnell, Mitch - (R - KY)
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Paul, Rand - (R - KY)
167 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
U.S. House of Representatives
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U.S. Congress Bill Tracking – THOMAS
The White House
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E-mail the Vice President
Comment Line: (202) 456-1111
Fax Line: (202) 456-2461
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20500
United States Department of Agriculture
Environmental Protection Agency
FirstGov – The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal
U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
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