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Buckeye Farm News
At a Congressional hearing in July, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said the 2012 Farm Bill must continue to provide a dependable safety net while also being fiscally responsible.
Stallman told the committee that an overriding farm bill priority for Farm Bureau is to maintain balance and benefits for all farm sectors.
“It can be tempting for a single interest organization to say Congress should allocate more funding for programs that benefit only its producers without worrying about the impact of that funding shift on other commodities,” Stallman said. “Farm Bureau does not have that luxury and will seek balance for all producers.”
OFBF is engaging with Midwestern state Farm Bureaus, university specialists and AFBF in an effort to develop a regionally supported set of farm policy recommendations. The organization will be working to get input from members on farm support programs, dairy policy and conservation.
AFBF also intends to work with Congress to work for the best possible policy within budget constraints.
“Our members are greatly concerned about the deficit and want to be fiscally responsible in considering farm policy,” Stallman said.
Stallman said the new farm bill also should consider and comply with recent world trade rulings, but the legislation “must not presuppose the outcome of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations, which are far from complete. To do so would reduce our negotiating leverage.”
Farm Bureau supports the safety net provided by the 2008 Farm Bill, but Stallman said changes that eliminate gaps and redundancies will be needed in light of tighter federal budget projections.