National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) past president and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer Dave Milligan attended the Senate Agriculture Committee’s first field hearing on Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: 2023 Farm Bill Perspectives from Michigan. The hearing is the first Senate Agriculture Committee review of the 2018 Farm Bill and will focus on farm programs, conservation, rural development, research, and the other farm bill titles. He also provided written testimony to complement the witnesses who provided oral testimony.
Milligan’s written testimony highlighted key programs in the 2018 Farm Bill and how they impacted wheat growers. In the testimony, he noted how COVID-19, the severe drought and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have all impacted the economic conditions in wheat country and emphasized the importance of preserving farm safety nets for economic disruptions.
“It was good to see the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee in Michigan today holding the first field hearing of the 117th Congress,” Milligan said. “NAWG is continuing to evaluate the effectiveness of the farm safety net programs and how we can improve them going into farm bill reauthorization. As the Senate Agriculture Committee begins looking at key titles of the farm bill, NAWG looks forward to testifying before the committee on how these programs ensure that our food supply is safe, affordable, and can meet the challenges of feeding a growing world.”