American Soybean Association Says Cooperation Among Commodities Will Streamline Farm Bill TalksMon, 05 Mar 2018 12:03:07 CST
During the 2018 Commodity Classic this past week in Anaheim, Calif. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn had the chance to speak with Patrick Delaney, American Soybean Association policy communications director, about his organization’s priorities when it comes to the 2018 Farm Bill. As talks progress, Delaney says he will be closely monitoring a few key points. Listen to their complete conversation on this topic and others, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“First and foremost, we want a really strong safety net - and that comes in two parts,” Delaney said. “Title I programs like ARC and PLC are really important and maintaining a strong crop insurance system is really important.”
With the exception of a few minor edits needed, Delaney believes the framework in place from the prior Farm Bill written in 2014 gives policymakers a good starting place to begin their work. He says, too, that ASA and other commodity groups have spent the last two years in an open dialogue getting on the same page. And with the cotton and dairy issues already addressed for the most part, Delaney says there should not be any major problems arise over the next several weeks and months that derail the process. He contends starting from this point will allow attentions to solely focus on the necessary tweaks needed here and there in the existing policy, and sees no reason why the Bill should not move forward before we reach the Midterm elections.
“We may not agree on everything, but at least we’re all at the table so those little disagreements don’t pop up,” he said. “I think we’ve done a really good job keeping everybody in the tent so that everybody understands this isn’t a completely revolutionary process. It’s just making those needed changes and tweaks so the bill works for everybody.”
Beyond those primary concerns, Delaney also says the ASA is strongly advocating for further investment in research, conservation programs and especially trade programs such as MAP and FMD that help expand US trade access and increase foreign sales of American soybeans.
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