A statement from National Association of Wheat Growers President Bing Von Bergen, a wheat farmer from Moccasin, Mont.:
“I and my fellow wheat leaders are gratified for the progress underway in the House of Representatives toward a new, long-term farm bill. We appreciate the diligence shown by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) in writing the draft farm bill they released today and pressing for floor time this summer.
“The bill as drafted will help legislators save nearly $40 billion and produce a strong safety net for farmers during challenging production years like this one. The bill will also address priority areas of food aid, research, trade and conservation and clarify that farmers applying pesticides within the bounds of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) do not need any additional permitting.
“We encourage all Members to support the effort to pass new long-term farm policy in the Committee and on the House floor, and we look forward to working with the Ag Committee’s leadership to support them throughout this process.”