Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Just in from Washington

AFBF: Farmers Have Big Concerns About New Farm Bill

Washington--Heading into the new year and the start of hearings on the 2012 farm bill, growers want Congress to know that three different support programs are not better than one.

The three programs being considered are a shallow loss program, a higher target price program and the Stacked Income Protection Plan for cotton.

“I just don’t think there’s an economist in the country that is good enough at this that they can make sure that we’re getting equity between three types of programs,” explained Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation farm policy specialist, in Monday’s Newsline.

If the programs are not treated equitably, farmers will start responding to government signals, rather than those coming from the marketplace, Thatcher warned.

AFBF Newsline

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