PRESS RELEASE: NAWG Weighs in on Amendments to the 2018 Senate Farm Bill
Media Contact: Caitlin Eannello, NAWG Director of Communications
Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2018) – As the Farm Bill is being debated on the Senate floor, NAWG sent a letter to the Chamber stating its positions on several amendments that have been introduced that could have implications for wheat farmers.
“NAWG continues to push back against any amendments that would undermine the current structure of the crop insurance program as well as other amendments that would hurt farmers,” said Jimmie Musick, Sentinel, Oklahoma farmer and NAWG President. “Proposing significant restrictions on crop insurance ignores the needs of rural America and impact jobs on and off the farm.”
In its letter, NAWG notes two amendments that are harmful to the Farm Bill’s crop insurance program. Amendment #3103, introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and others, which would establish means testing for participation in the program. Additionally, Amendment #3138, filed by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Flake (R-AZ) would cap the premium cost-share level.
“By making crop insurance less accessible, these amendments would change the risk pool, consequently making crop insurance premiums more expensive for producer operations of all sizes,” continued Musick.
NAWG also mentions a few amendments that it encourages Senators to support. NAWG is in favor of the Risch/Crapo Amendment (#3088) which would establish a 10% indirect cost cap on the US Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative.
“It’s essential to invest in research programs which could lead to innovative technologies to help growers combat pests, disease, and even drought,” concluded Musick.
NAWG may do further communications to the Senate regarding other amendments.
NAWG is the primary representative in Washington D.C. for wheat growers, working to ensure a better future for America’s growers, the industry and the general public. NAWG works with a team of 21 state wheat grower organizations to benefit the wheat industry at state and national levels. From their offices in the Wheat Growers Building on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members and the public.