By Greg Vincent
Karl Scronce, the president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a wheat farmer from Klamath Falls, Ore., says his associations key priorities for the year are focused on Washington, D.C.
Of particular concern to Scronce is the potential for re-opening the 2007 Farm Bill in light of the current budget issues in Washington. This concern includes both budget reconciliation issues of traditional farm programs and a potential threat to crop insurance.
"We had a winter meeting in January in D.C. and Chairman Colin Peterson, the chairman of the House Ag Committee said it would be a good possibility that they will. The safety net that works for wheat farmers is the direct payment. The only payments (wheat farmers) gotten in a number of years, since 2004 Farm Bill, is direct payments.”
Coupled with the looming budgetary threats on crop insurance, Scronce says there is a great need for lobbying efforts in the nation's Capitol.