Farm bill helps small businesses reach global markets

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 fourth part of our series.

Ben Scholz has been farming in east Texas for 25 years. He grows wheat, as well as corn and soybeans.

Scholz completed harvest about a month ago with an average to slightly below average yield. Half of that will go to an export market that was developed over a long period of time due in large part to assistance from the farm bill.

The Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD) are two critical farm bill initiatives that help farmers sell the crops they grow, he explained.

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