Conservation is an important part of the farm bill

From Farm Policy Facts

Editor’s note: It’s been a hard year for the nation’s wheat farmers. Against a backdrop of disasters, falling prices and the lowest number of wheat acres under cultivation in U.S. history, wheat farmers have been making the rounds in Washington to explain the importance of a strong farm safety net in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. This is the second part of our series.

David Schemm, chairman of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), was landing back home in Kansas from a trip to Washington when Farm Policy Facts caught up with him to discuss conservation on the farm.

A late April blizzard dropped 25 inches of snow on top of the wheat crop in his state. Overall, he says, the moisture might have done more good than bad. Their harvest was below average this year on his farm but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

He plans on planting more wheat acres next year than he did this year but the low price is making major expansion hard.

“Our wheat price is just not coming back to where I need it to have good profit margin and meet all my costs,” he said.

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