Letter sent to Senate Ag panel leaders
With the farm bill markup slated for next week, eight farm groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, sent a letter today to the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, providing them with their "common views" on issues related to commodity and risk management programs. Link to letter.
The group's top priority for Title I, Commodity Title, is "to maintain full planting flexibility and avoid potential planting distortions, so producers are encouraged to follow market signals rather than making planting decisions in anticipation of receiving payments under government programs." With the anticipated elimination of direct payments and possible restructuring or elimination of the counter-cyclical program, the letter said it is "imperative that any alternative program included in the next farm bill be structured in a manner to not distort planting decisions and to provide full planting flexibility. "
Of note, the groups said they do "not support program alternatives that tie current-year production to fixed price supports, which can distort planting decisions and production between commodities when market prices decline."
The letter ends by noting support for continuing the marketing loan program, and opposition to any changes in current law regarding payment limitations or eligibility for farm programs based on Adjusted Gross Income.
The groups signing the letter are:
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- American Soybean Association
- National Association of Wheat Growers
- National Barley Growers Association
- National Corn Growers Association
- National Sunflowers Association
- U.S. Canola Association
- USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council