Corn Farm Bill Objectives
Excerpted from a letter to elected officials ...
On behalf of the members of
the Colorado Corn Growers Association, I am honored to convey the critical
importance of maintaining a strong and viable farm economy while reducing the
tax obligations on the American taxpayers and protecting our nation’s precious natural
Colorado Corn Growers considers
the Farm Bill to be a tool critical to sustaining a healthy farm economy and supports
the following key elements as important for inclusion in a Farm Bill:
- We fully support a strong and affordable crop insurance program
with both Optional Units and Enterprise Units. We also support allowing
the separation of enterprise units by practice.
- We have always supported, and will continue to support, the need
for a permanent disaster program. The drought of 2011 and 2012 reinforces
the need for a permanent disaster program for both commodities and
livestock producers. The 2008 disaster programs were tied to the level of
crop insurance a producer purchased. Producers can purchase higher
insurance levels, if necessary, to support their needs, while more
established producers can purchase lower levels and assume more risk if
they so choose. We strongly encourage the continuation of this option.
- We recommend removing the total farm formula from the current
permanent disaster program and making it per enterprise unit to match up
with crop insurance for disaster payments to encourage greater crop
- We support a much simpler commodity title for the 2013 Farm
Bill. The crop insurance and
permanent disaster programs together give all producers the safety net
needed to survive catastrophic weather-related losses and yet leaves
planting decisions to be market driven.
- We are a strong supporter of the current CRP, CREP, EQIP and CSP
programs and recommend these programs be maintained at no less than 90% of
the current levels. Conservation is the very backbone of American
agriculture and our land must be maintained for future generations. We
also recognize and support the need for effective and timely response in
times of drought or other natural disasters to access these acres for
haying and grazing.
- We oppose direct payments, ACRE, and other proposed revenue
enhancement programs that would ultimately lead to planting and market
One of our top priorities as
a nation must be to provide a solid safety net to ensure the current and future
generations of agricultural producers can continue to produce an abundant and
safe food supply.
Chair, Public Policy
Colorado Corn Growers