A statement from National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Erik Younggren, who farms wheat, sugar beets and soybeans near Hallock, Minn., on the House Agriculture Committee’s approval of 2012 Farm Bill language:
“NAWG was happy to see Members of the House Agriculture Committee approve their version of the 2012 Farm Bill early this morning, and we strongly encourage House Leadership to schedule floor time for the bill as soon as possible.
“My fellow farmers will begin planting winter wheat in just a couple of months. It is very important they and all farmers have an understanding of the farm safety net available to them when they make the substantial investments required for the new crop. In addition to crop insurance and Title I policies, the bill passed today includes important provisions with regards to conservation, research, food aid, marketing and nutrition that should not be subjected to the uncertainty of short-term extensions.
“We commend Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson for undertaking the mark-up in an expeditious fashion and allowing Committee Members’ voices to be heard. We look forward to the floor process and finalizing new farm and food policy before Sept. 30.”
Melissa George Kessler, Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org