NAWG comments on House Ag Committee farm bill markup

From the National Association of Wheat Growers

Yesterday, the House Committee on Agriculture marked-up its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, or H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. In response, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“NAWG commends the House Agriculture Committee on continuing to move the farm bill forward and urges a bipartisan process to enable a bill to pass out of the House. In order for the bill to be completed and reauthorized this year, Republicans and Democrats must work together on legislation that works for both sides and all of agriculture.

“There are several provisions in H.R. 2 that will be good for wheat growers, and NAWG will continue to work with Congress to make improvements. Absolutely our top priority throughout this process is to maintain a strong crop insurance program. NAWG also envisions a well-rounded farm bill to have a strong safety net program which allows producers to choose between revenue-based (Agriculture Risk Coverage) and price-based (Price Loss Coverage) coverage, and improvements to both programs to enable them to serve as a better safety net for wheat growers.

“We applaud the Committee for including funding for the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program and will continue working to increase resources for both. Additionally, NAWG supports provisions that provide financial incentives for farmers to adopt conservation practices into their operations. The bill also rightly reauthorizes the Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative and other important research programs that will help wheat growers continue to produce the highest quality crop.

“Again, we are pleased that the House has started the farm bill reauthorization process and encourage the Senate Committee on Agriculture to do the same.”

Editor’s note: The bill passed out of the House Ag Committee in a party line vote, 26-20. Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) is hoping to put the bill to a full House vote in May.