The following is a statement from Erik Younggren, National Association of Wheat Growers president and a wheat farmer from Hallock, Minn., on the pending Senate Agriculture Committee mark-up of the 2012 Farm Bill.
“We urge the Senate Agriculture Committee to hold and complete its mark-up of 2012 Farm Bill legislation this week.
“We understand the importance of building consensus around the key provisions of this important legislation. We also know crafting a bill that addresses the wide range of needs is a herculean task. But time is short – for committee approval, Senate floor time and full consideration by agriculture leaders in the House of Representatives.
“The next crop year for wheat farmers will be here in a few short months. These producers need to know a strong, crop-insurance-based safety net will be available to them after the current farm bill expires on Sept. 30. Now is the time for forward movement.”
Contact: Melissa George Kessler, Director of Communications, mkessler (at) wheatworld.org