The National Corn Growers Association urged Congress today to vote in favor of the farm bill conference report. The House is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday, followed by the Senate on Thursday.

“The farm bill process has been a long one and our producers need a farm bill now,” says Ron Litterer, NCGA president. “The optional Average Crop Revenue Election program provides an improved risk-management tool and addresses the increasing levels of risk farmers are facing today and in the future. NCGA is pleased that congressional members see the need for a safety net that offers more reliable protection against crop losses and against increasingly volatile commodity markets.”

NCGA and more than more than 500 agriculture, non-profit, and religious organization are urging quick consideration of the bill.

“Communities across the nation, from urban to rural have been waiting too long for this legislation,” the letter stated. “The conference report makes significant farm policy reforms, protects the safety net for all of America’s food producers, addresses important infrastructure needs for specialty crops, increases funding to feed our nation’s poor, and enhances support for important conservation initiatives.”

The current extension of the 2002 farm bill expires Friday, and the President has signaled that he will veto the final conference bill.

To read the coalition''''''''s letter to the House of Representatives, click here.

To read the coalition''''''''s letter to the Senate, click here.

Source: National Corn Growers Association