Ag's Waning Political Clout
Jul 12, 2013
Pro Farmer Extra
- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -
July 12, 2013
You all know Jim Wiesemeyer... he's our Pro Farmer Washington consultant. Nobody is better at sorting out what's happening (really happening) in Washington ag circles than Jim. Today's update is a small portion from his daily column on www.profarmer.com. There is much more to see there, but the topic of discussion I decided to bring here is going to to see increased discussion around the Midwest in the weeks and months to come. It's about the declining "clout" of farm groups in Washington. Here it is:
"Farm group lobbyists. The House farm bill was approved despite active opposition from the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union. This is vivid proof of the growing lack of clout of farm group lobbyists. Some commodity groups actively supported the House farm bill, some with reservations, and those included cotton, rice, peanuts and fresh produce.
"The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), which clearly favors the Senate farm bill versus the House, endorsed the House bill at the last minute as a means to get a conference panel started. 'We urge members of the House to approve the bill and we expect immediate action by a conference committee to secure a five-year farm bill we can support,' the corn growers said prior to the House vote. 'However,' NCGA added, 'our action in no way reflects our approval of its contents or the manner in which it came to the floor. Unless significant change is made to the bill in the conference committee, we will strongly urge its rejection by the Senate and the House.'
"The NCGA favors the Senate Ag Risk Coverage (ACR) safety net, also called shallow loss payments, that is based on planted acres, but insists that target prices, favored by rice and peanuts growers and some corn and soybean growers beyond the 'I' states, be determined on base acres. The House farm bill sets target price payments based on planted acres up to base acres."
Jim also included some links to the following Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that provide background on lingering farm bill issues. Check them out... they're all very interesting.
Link to What is a Farm Bill?
Link to Budget Issues Shaping a Farm Bill in 2013
Link to Expiration and Possible Extension of the 2008 Farm Bill
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