Small grain growers have a joint team of supporters now on Capitol Hill. A bi-partisan House-Senate Congressional Grain Caucus has been formed to provide a central platform to address issues facing the grain industry in Congress and work to expand export markets for grain producers in the United States.
The committee is co-chaired by Rep. Jerry Moran and Rep. Earl Pomeroy in the House and Sen. Pat Roberts and Sen. Max Baucus in the Senate.
Pomeroy has been directly involved in many priority issues, including rail competition and harmonizing crop protection regulations and procedures with Canada. Moran is known as "Mr. Wheat" to folks at the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) because of his hard work on wheat issues like crop insurance and trade agreements says NAWG Secretary-Treasurer John Thaemert.
"The purpose of this caucus will be to promote the growth and stability of the small grains industry through educational seminars for members and staff with an interest in issues important to the industry. Specific issues that may be addressed by the caucus include, but are not limited to, foreign aid food programs, international trade issues, and transgenic wheat. It is our hope this caucus will bring to the Congress a better understanding of issues impacting the wheat industry from producer to consumer," says Roberts and Baucus in a joint written statement.