Joint meetings were held last week in Washington, D.C., for producer leaders of a dozen commodity organizations to discuss policy priorities, hear perspectives of key policymakers and to work toward consensus on the future of U.S. farm policy. The groups confirmed in the meeting that they are committed to working together to come up with a viable farm policy.
In a joint statement the organizations said – it is our common belief that Congress should pass and the President should sign a strong new farm bill into law this year. The law expires at the end of this year and producers – like all job creators – need certainty from Washington. If Washington provides America’s farmers and ranchers with some certainty, we can continue to help lead our nation’s economic recovery.
The organizations, which include the National Sorghum Producers, say – American agriculture stands out as one of the few sectors of the economy that has, throughout the economic downturn, still contributed positively to our nation’s balance of trade while helping to create jobs and put this country back on its economic feet. And we have accomplished these things with a farm policy that also stands out as consistently under budget over the past 10 years.