Summer recess gives farmers chance to vent frustrations

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Now that Congress’s summer recess begins, Senate and House delegates are returning to their home states where they face many disgruntled farmers.

Politicans The recent session of Congress provided little relief for farmers, even with the Senate’s passing of the farm bill. With the members of Congress back in their home states, it’s time for farmers to let their delegates know what’s important to them.

In an interview with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Dale Moore, American Farm Bureau public policy director, identifies three areas that need Congress’s attention.

The first area is obviously the farm bill. While it passed in the Senate, it has yet to pass in the House. The current farm bill in effect expires at the end of September, making it a top priority for Congress. Moore says the farm bill is important “simply for the certainty it provides to producers.” Producers can’t plan ahead when they don’t know what the farm bill will do.

The second area is the agricultural labor program, which couples with immigration reform. Agriculture requires a large labor force to satisfy its needs—whether harvest, planting or livestock care. Immigration reform would increase the agricultural workforce, providing farmers with the help that they need on their farms and in the fields.

Waterways improvement is the third most important issue to farmers. Rivers are used to transport 60 percent of corn supplies to their end-use locations. Unfortunately, many locks and dams that facilitate transportation haven’t seen upgrades in decades.

Moore says that farmers need to voice their frustrations to their delegates if they want to see improvements: “I need you to go back to Washington and let folks know that we’re tired of this, we’re frustrated with the political process that seems to get tangled up on things, that impedes the progress…. We need to break the logjam and get it done.”

Read the full interview with Dale Moore here.

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Michigan  |  July, 31, 2013 at 09:02 AM

I have heard these same complaints about the government needs to do something about (insert current topic) for 30 plus years. Maybe we should say to the government get out of our way let us solve our own problems. I bought a gallon of milk the other day it had an off taste, I dumped it down the drain. I have never bought a Pepsi with an off taste. I sit in McDonalds and drink coffee, if not coffee diet pop, never a millk. What if we focused on marketing instead of government? What if we develope a dispenser that dispense ice cold milk. It also has different settings so I can flavor the milk also. Why do you think McDonalds sells pop from bulk dispensers? Why do we sell it in containers that probably cost as much as the product? We have (when done properly) one of the best tasting and healthiest beverages out there. Instead of pushing that product we have become a government dependent, shall I say socialist bussiness model. We complain about the government making ethanol millionares but I suspect it is because we want the government to do the same for us.

Batavia, NY  |  July, 31, 2013 at 08:24 PM

Kill the farm bill and bury it once and for all. Watching these farm organizations begging politicians for more hand outs makes me sick. Are they farmers or welfare bums?

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