Walking the Farm Progress Show site this week gave a person the chance to catch up with old friends and meet now folks in the industry. On Wednesday, in the heat of noon-day summer sun in Decatur, we ran into a group from the National Corn Growers Association making there away around the show site including Rick Tolman, NCGA chief executive officer; Ron Litterer, first vice president, Greene, Iowa; and Bob Dickey, board member, Laurel, Neb.
Their mission at the show: "To discuss the farm bill," says Litterer.
The many questions surrounding the farm bill, including provisions in the House version that have raised concerns in the Bush Administration, are a big part of the discussion. During the show, Litterer was spreading the word that corn growers have to make their voices be heard.
With Congress in summer recess, it's time for farmers to make contact with their own lawmakers and make their opinions known. When Congress goes back in session after Labor Day, the new farm bill, the Water Resources Development Act and energy legislation will all be waiting for attention. These are key items NCGA has supported, and the organization relies on farmer members to communicate with lawmakers.
Litterer, in a media release, notes that farmers often only speak up when there's a crisis. "But it's especially important we contact our legislators now and urge action on these important issues," he says.