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Food Shortages in America?

April 12, 2011
 
 

Source: Congressman Devin Nunes

 
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and 25 of his House colleagues called on President Barack Obama to release willing farmers from their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts in order to produce additional grain. With Americans facing rising food prices and government officials predicting the possibility of grain shortages, immediate action is necessary to enhance U.S. production. (see letter here)
 
“Americans deserve a government that plans for the future. That means responding to threats of grain shortages, not just predicting them. Releasing some land from CRP contract will provide an infusion of additional production that is desperately needed. It’s a decision the President can make and one he should act upon as quickly as possible,” said Rep. Devin Nunes.
 
Record Production / Falling Stocks
In 2011, grain production in the United States is expected to cover 92 million acres – one of the largest plantings in more than 50 years. Yet despite this enormous production, domestic supplies of grains are falling at the fastest rate ever recorded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
 
Meanwhile, U.S. consumer food prices (for proteins) have risen by 6.8% in the past year, more than triple inflation. The costs of staple commodities are rising at an alarming rate, threatening the weakened U.S. economy but also pushing struggling families beyond their limits.
 
Real Shortages
Global demand for grains has soared and various national and international agencies are predicting that shortages are likely. As a result, many nations are stockpiling reserves. Throughout Asia and the developing world, governments are working to establish significant reserves. It is time for the U.S. government to recognize the crisis and take action.
 
Action
Congressman Nunes and his colleagues believe it is essential for the President to act. The USDA can promote increased grain production by releasing willing farmers of arable land from the Conservation Reserve Program. There are 32 million acres currently out of production under CRP contracts. A significant amount of this land could be used to produce crops.
 

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10:58 PM Jun 28th
 
NE family farm - NE
I think every one needs to realize that this is a huge situation that we are in. Food prices in this country are going out of control. Everyone wants to blame ethanol for this and I can't help but laugh, I think most people think 100% of the corn for ethanol goes to fuel and don't know how much comes back as feed for livestock as DDG's. Just wait and see how ugly this could get if the country has a bad year of production. The last two have been very good and still we are running out of corn and soybeans. I think something needs to be done but not sure what. Seems like a good idea to my.
7:50 AM Apr 15th
 
PullMyFinger - Chappell, NE
Oh yes, let's hit the panic button!! Grain prices are around 1/2 of parity! Maybe these bozos ought to be freaking out about fuel prices instead. Farm use diesel is up from 62 cents per gallon to $4 since the Bush/Cheney illegal invasion.
8:11 AM Apr 14th
 
Steven - Kingsley, IA
Free healthcare, free food, free whatever you can whine enough for. I want this, I want that. Basic lazy human behavior.
10:28 PM Apr 13th
 
Steven - Kingsley, IA
Free healthcare, free food, free whatever you can whine enough for. I want this, I want that. Basic lazy human behavior.
10:28 PM Apr 13th
 
H. Bell - Hillsboro, OH
let them grow hay on the CRP ground.
9:07 PM Apr 12th
 
H. Bell - Hillsboro, OH
let them grow hay on the CRP ground.
9:07 PM Apr 12th
 
H. Bell - Hillsboro, OH
I'm a grain farmer in SW ohio, and I say let them grow hay on the CRP ground to help out the beef guys. This won't hurt the ground, and it will help lower prices. If you think S. America is going to stand around and let us get all these high prices forever, think again. We'll become the second or third biggest producer in the world instead of first.
9:04 PM Apr 12th
 
H. Bell - Hillsboro, OH
I'm a grain farmer in SW ohio, and I say let them grow hay on the CRP ground to help out the beef guys. This won't hurt the ground, and it will help lower prices. If you think S. America is going to stand around and let us get all these high prices forever, think again. We'll become the second or third biggest producer in the world instead of first.
9:04 PM Apr 12th
 
Sharecropper
re: shenning, you hit the nail on the head to the letter. It infuriates me to see when the going gets tough we (tax payers) bail out these acres in the name of conservation. When we get profitable it is a pitty party about high food prices. I'm doubly pissed about ethenol getting blamed for everything that is wrong with the world. Lies and misinformation about ethenol are rampant. I wish the socialist tree huggers are the first to walk (not drive) when they finallly succede in doing away with evil oil and worse ethenol in the name of conservation and going green
9:03 PM Apr 12th
 



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