Farm groups are already weighing in on the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act – released by House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson Thursday. National Sorghum Producers commends the House Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan commitment to strong U.S. farm policy and the nation’s farmers and ranchers. NSP says the text released by Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson indicates producers will have the opportunity to choose the policy option that best fits their farm and provides minimum price protection. Both are components NSP has advocated for from the beginning of the process.
The National Cotton Council is encouraging House Ag Committee members to pass the bill as introduced in the discussion draft. NCC Chairman Chuck Coley says by providing cotton producers a choice of the Stacked Income Protection Plan or the new Supplemental Coverage Option – Chairman Lucas has offered programs that provide a safety net for upland cotton – while also offering a clear path to resolution of the Brazil case. Coley says the group is pleased that the range of programs provides choices that offer a balanced safety net across commodities and regions – but still allow for market-driven planting decisions. He also points to improvements to crop insurance and a reasonable approach to payment limits and income means tests.
Source: NAFB News service