Farmers: Protect conservation, crop insurance but tweak commodity programs

From Agri-Pulse

The Senate Agriculture Committee launched its hearings on the new farm bill, hearing from farmers in Kansas who appealed for changes to some commodity programs, new support for cotton growers and continued funding for conservation.

The farmers also expressed opposition to means testing or other restrictions on crop insurance and said that EPA restrictions on pesticides threatened to increase production costs.

Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), said that a new farm bill will have to address “all regions and all crops.”

“All of agriculture is struggling, not just one or two commodities,” he said. Read the rest of the story here.