MISSOURI — Congressional agricultural committee members are urged to consider recommendations from the American Farm Bureau Federation for the upcoming farm bill.
The proposals are as follows:
- Protect current farm bill spending.
- Maintain a unified farm bill that includes nutrition programs and farm programs together.
- Ensure any changes to current farm legislation be an amendment to the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 or the Agricultural Act of 1949.
- Prioritize top funding concerns, including risk management tools such as federal crop insurance and Title 1 commodity programs.
- Ensure programs are complaint with World Trade Organization agreements.
According to agweb.com, AFBF president Zippy Duvall says U.S. farmers and ranchers need a strong farm bill now more than ever.
“Because of low commodity prices, many of America’s farmers and ranchers are struggling,” he says. “The risk management and safety net provisions of farm bills are most important in times like these.”
In addition to the proposals, the American Farm Bureau Federation also suggested farm policy recommendations. These include:
- Let farmers choose the higher value – either the five-year Olympic Average yield for ARC-CO, or a simple 10-year average yield.
- Increase the reference price used as a floor for ARC-CO by 5% for corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum and other minor crops.
- Designate cottonseed as an “other oilseed” so it is eligible for Title 1 commodity support programs, or support a cotton lint program.
- Improve the Dairy margin Protection Program with a handful of new provisions.
- Increase the annual cap on livestock insurance products from $20 million to $75 million.