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NCGA, ASA, Others Offer Farm Bill Compromise

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The National Corn Growers Association joined with other farm organizations late Tuesday in a letter to congressional leadership that proposed a compromise on the commodity title of the farm bill, now in conference negotiations on Capitol Hill.

In the letter, NCGA, the American Soybean Association and the U.S. Canola Association noted that the three organizations have different views on various issues regarding the commodity title, including which payment acres should be established for price and revenue programs.

In order to avoid another extension of the 2008 farm bill, the organizations proposed using the average of planted acres during the five years previous to the current year as the payment base for both the revenue and the price programs. The average would thus move forward, adding and dropping a year every year, in order to remain as current as possible without including the current year, which would serve as a deterrent to building base. Consideration should be given to how effective revenue protection can be provided at both the farm and county levels under this approach.

“We believe this novel approach addresses both the needs and the concerns of farmers growing all program crops in all regions of the country,” the organizations stated. “We offer it as a solution which, while not the first choice of any of our organizations, is a compromise we can all support and which can help move the farm bill process to a successful conclusion.”

Source: NCGA

The letter follows:

November 19, 2013

The Honorable Frank Lucas The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
Committee on Agriculture Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
U.S. House of Representatives United States Senate

The Honorable Collin Peterson The Honorable Thad Cochran
Committee on Agriculture Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
U.S. House of Representatives United States Senate

Dear Chairman Lucas, Chairwoman Stabenow, and Ranking Members Peterson and Cochran:

The undersigned farm organizations commend your efforts to conclude Conference negotiations on
the 2013 Farm Bill in time for enactment this year. This important legislation is long overdue, and
is urgently needed to provide certainty to farmers, ranchers, rural America, and consumers around
the country.

Our organizations have different views on various issues regarding the commodity title, including
which payment acres should be established for price and revenue programs in Title I. Various
arguments have been presented on both side of this debate, and while we will not go into these
details, it is important to know that, without a solution, we see a likely extension of the 2008 Farm
Bill.

In the interest of finding common ground on this issue, we offer a compromise that would allow us
all to move forward. We propose using the average of planted acres during the five years previous
to the current year as the payment base for both the revenue and the price programs. The average
would move forward, adding and dropping a year every year, in order to remain as current as
possible without including the current year, which would serve as a deterrent to building base.
Consideration should be given to how effective revenue protection can be provided at both the farm
and county levels under this approach.

We believe this novel approach addresses both the needs and the concerns of farmers growing all
program crops in all regions of the country. We offer it as a solution which, while not the first
choice of any of our organizations, is a compromise we can all support and which can help move
the farm bill process to a successful conclusion.

Sincerely yours,

American Soybean Association
National Corn Growers Association
U.S. Canola Association

cc Speaker John Boehner
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Majority Leader Harry Reid
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Members, Committee on Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives
Members, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, U.S. Senate