Marci Green, past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and a Spokane County producer, joined more than 100 industry stakeholders at a recent House Agriculture Committee Listening Session on the 2018 Farm Bill. The listening session was in Carnation, Wash., and was hosted by Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Wash.).
During her two minutes, Green talked about the importance of crop insurance; how the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) reference price doesn’t cover the cost of wheat production, especially with the current high price of inputs; market promotion funding; and the need to make participation in conservation programs voluntary.
The listening session allowed farmers, producers and other ag partners in Washington state to voice their thoughts and concerns. Committee members will take this information back to Washington, D.C., to consider as they draft the 2023 Farm Bill.