A statement from National Association of Wheat Growers President Bing Von Bergen, a wheat farmer from Moccasin, Mont.:
“On behalf of wheat growers across the country, the National Association of Wheat Growers applauds Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for their work on the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013.
“We commend the Committee for producing a bill that will provide wheat farmers with a strong safety net through Title I programs and crop insurance and that addresses important provisions with regards to conservation, research, food aid, marketing and nutrition. The bill would also reduce our country’s deficit by roughly $23 billion over 10 years while supporting millions of jobs throughout the economy.
“NAWG believes it is vital for wheat farmers and our economy to finish a long-term farm bill this year, before the existing farm bill extension expires. We look forward to working with Committee Members as they prepare for their mark-up next week and urge quick consideration of the Ag Committee’s product on the Senate floor.”