The memberships of the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) thank Senator Richard Lugar for his support during the committee mark-up of the 2012 Farm Bill last week. ISA and ICGA appreciate the leadership of Senator Lugar in framing the debate for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program with his work on the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM) proposal. ARC will provide a strong safety net for farmers while saving $23 billion in farm program spending over the next decade. Senator Lugar also introduced an amendment to fully fund the biofuels programs created in 2008. The original draft this year included no mandatory funding for energy programs.
ISA and ICGA will continue to work on getting this bill heard on the Senate floor and seek passage in the House, with the goal of having a Farm Bill on the President’s desk before the August recess. “We recognize this is only the first step in a long process, but each journey has to begin somewhere. We appreciate the leadership of Senator Lugar in creating a stronger safety net to help manage the volatile market facing America’s grain farmers,” said Kevin Wilson, ISA President.
The next step in this process is getting the bill scheduled for time on the Senate floor in May. “The message we want to deliver to our leaders in Washington is that we need a Farm Bill now. Kicking the can down the road isn’t acceptable in our eyes. So far, agriculture is one of the few industries willing to step up and help reduce spending,” said Gary Lamie, ICGA President. ISA and ICGA appreciate the hard work from Senator Lugar and his staff and look forward to working with him on passage of a 2012 Farm Bill.
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