Statement on Congress Recessing Without Farm Bill Action

September 22, 2012 Bookmark and Share

A statement from National Association of Wheat Growers President Erik Younggren, a wheat and sugar beet farmer from Hallock, Minn.:

“Congress has now left Washington with no new farm bill passed and no clear path for how one will get passed in the near future.

“As a farmer who grew up on the land I still farm, and as the leader of a national organization made up of men and women whose families are dedicated to their farm businesses, this development is both surreal and deeply unsettling.

“Members of Congress are now fanning out across our nation to ask for our support in their efforts to get their jobs back. Regardless of party or position, we strongly encourage farmers to ask their legislators for an explanation of why they have failed to pass this fundamental legislation despite ample time and the worst drought conditions in our lifetimes.

“We thank our agriculture leaders – Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts, Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson – and many other faithful Members who have worked hard to push the farm bill forward.

“We can only hope that House leaders have the will to bring forward the five-year reauthorization of the farm bill as the first item of business when they return in November and get done what should have been done long ago.”