The American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association, too, have pointed out similar concerns with the bill, noting last week that the PLC would "distort planting decisions" and signal a return to the farm policy era of high supports tied to current-year plantings.
"The final farm bill must be more equitable and market-oriented than the current Price Loss Coverage program in the House bill," he said. "They don't want to go back to the previous policies of 1995 when we have market distortion."
But Lucas, who stood by the existing plan, offered to work with Gibbs to develop another option in conference. Gibbs took the deal, and withdrew the amendment to the dismay of supporting farm groups.
“Our collective groups believe the Gibbs amendment would have received strong support on the House floor, and would have made the 2013 farm bill a better piece of legislation overall. As proponents of market-oriented farm policy, we are disappointed to see the amendment withdrawn," ASA, NCGA, Sunflower and Canola Growers noted in a press statement.