October 16, 2018

Farm Bill; Budget Issues; Ag Economy; and Trade

Farm Bill and Policy Issues

A news release yesterday from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) stated that, “As the House Agriculture Committee continues farm bill hearings this week, the [NCGA] and several other agriculture groups today sent a letter to House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson on the importance of crop insurance.

“‘Federal crop insurance provides an effective risk management tool to farmers and ranchers when they are facing losses beyond their control,’ the letter stated. ‘It reduces taxpayer risk exposure; it makes hedging possible to help mitigate market volatility; and it provides lenders with greater certainty that loans made to producers will be repaid.’”

The release added that, “NCGA has previously stated that crop insurance remains the number one priority in the new farm bill as well as a market oriented, risk management tool to cover multi-year price declines.”