Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap recently served as a panel member at a Farm Bill Forum hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in Amenia, ND.
Paap began his statement by noting that county Farm Bureaus across the country are in the process of developing policy recommendations for the next Farm Bill. Paap outlined five key principles that will guide Farm Bureau on their 2012 Farm Bill proposals.
Paap made several points in his presentation: The options put forward by MFB will be fiscally responsible; the basic funding structure of the 2008 Farm Bill should not be altered; the proposals will aim to benefit all agricultural sectors; world trade rulings will be considered; and consideration will be given to the stable business environment critical to success in agriculture.
Paap also emphasized the many challenges surrounding the 2012 Farm Bill: Budget constraints, baseline decreases and political pressures.
Another challenge for the 2012 Farm Bill will once again be to address the priorities of a wide variety of interests, from farm and ranch groups to conservation groups to nutrition/hunger groups, he noted.
Paap concluded by committing to work with the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to ensure that Americas farmers have a practical safety net that provides protection against the unpredictability of the market and weather and allows our farmers to continue to produce the safest, most abundant, least expensive food supply in the world.
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Source: Minnesota Farm Bureau