The National Corn Growers Association has urged Congress to add better targeted and more reliable protection against crop losses to the 2008 Farm Bill. NCGA wants Congress to address producers’ risk management and commodity prices with an optional revenue-based safety program. The House of Representatives reconvenes Jan. 15 and the Senate returns on Jan. 22.

“The conference committee negotiations are a critical part in the writing of the farm bill,” said NCGA President Ron Litterer.  “NCGA looks forward to working with the House and Senate conferees and ensuring that an improved risk management tool is included in the farm bill.”

Acting U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner told the South Dakota Corn Growers Association that the farm bill needs additional work to ensure it is not vetoed by the president. A Senate spokeswoman said that work is taking place.

“Staff is working to shape up issues for the members to discuss,” Kate Cyrul, majority communications director for the Senate Agriculture Committee, told an agricultural trade publication.

Source: NCGA