Congress began its recess Aug. 2 and the House leadership decided not to take up the nutrition title before that break. "When Congress returns, that only leaves nine days for the House to pass a nutrition title, send it to the Senate, name conferees, agree to a compromise, and get a bill to the House and Senate for a vote," Scheer says. "Short of that, we'll end up with another extension or, worse yet, no farm bill at all."
While Nebraska's Congressional delegation supports a new farm bill, Scheer says it is still important for farmers to contact them. "We need to thank them for their support, but we also need them to put heat on the leadership to get something done.
"Additionally, Nebraska farmers should contact House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy urging action on the nutrition title so we can get a bill into conference that all of America can count on in the future."
The Nebraska Corn Board has established a page on its website that enables farmers to reach Nebraska and key federal policymakers via email to make comment. The link on the home page also includes a countdown indicating the amount of time left before Congress reconvenes. Once they are back in session, the House will have only nine working days until the current farm bill extension expires.
Visit www.nebraskacorn.org to access the contact information.
Scheer says Nebraska farmers should insist on new Farm Bill legislation. "Another extension would simply be kicking the can down the road. We need a Farm Bill that we can count on for five years—one that is in step with today's agricultural markets, strengthens our global leadership and provides a solid foundation for food security and economic vitality for our nation."