FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tricia Braid
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-- Illinois Corn Growers Association President Paul Taylor, a family farmer from Esmond, IL, issued the following statement today after hearing the U.S. House Agriculture Committee passed farm bill legislation.
“We’re pleased here at Illinois Corn Growers that we’re one step farther down the path to new farm legislation for 2013 with the House Ag Committee’s passage of HR 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.
“We appreciate the Committee’s acknowledgment of the role crop insurance plays in the business and longevity of family farms. The drought of 2012 perfectly illustrated that without such voluntary programs in place, many families may not have been able to stay in business as farmers.
“Some in Congress had sought and supported changes to the crop insurance program that could have been terribly onerous to corn farmers had they been in place last year. The changes that failed to pass certainly would hamper the ability of family farmers to persist after a weather tragedy like last year’s.
“A concerning component of the Committee’s legislation is the fixed-target-price provisions. Such a program could definitely lead to government policy-influenced planting decisions rather than farmers taking direction from the market.
“It’s important to note that members of the Illinois Congressional delegation that sit on the Committee voted for an amendment brought by Representative Gibbs that would strengthen revenue based programs. Congressman Rodney Davis spoke in favor of the amendment, and Congresswoman Bustos and Congressman Enyart joined in supporting with their ‘aye’ votes.
“We look forward to full House consideration of the FARRM bill and later the conference process with a Senate passed version.”