After the Final House Ag Committee Field Hearing- Listen to Our Exclusive Visit with Chairman Frank LucasFri, 20 Apr 2012 20:16:19 CDT
The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, chaired the final of four Field Hearings on Friday in Dodge City, Kansas. Lucas told the more than 200 farmers, ranchers and those in agribusiness who gathered that he continues to have a vision for what he sees as the right balance for new farm policy.
He told the Dodge City gathering "First and foremost, I want to give producers the tools to help you do what you do best, and that is to produce the safest, most abundant, most affordable food supply in the world.
"To do this we must develop a farm bill that works for all regions and all commodities. It has to take into account the diversity of agriculture in America. Even within commodities, different programs work better for different regions.
"That’s why it is vitally important that the Commodity Title give producers options so that they can choose the program that works best for them whether it is by protecting revenue or price.
"I also am committed to providing a strong crop insurance program for our producers. The Committee has heard loud and clear the importance of crop insurance and it will be the backbone of our safety net.
"We will look for areas to improve crop insurance as we move forward.
"Lastly, we’ll work to ensure that producers can continue using conservation programs to protect our natural resources."
After the hearing, Farm Director Ron Hays sat down and did an exclusive review of the hearing with Chairman Lucas- you can hear their conversation by CLICKING HERE.
CLick here for our earlier story that included links to all of the written testimony of the ten farmers who appeared before Congressman Lucas and the
We also talked with the lone Oklahoma farmer who offered testimony on Friday in Dodge City, Scott Neufeld. Click here to jump to our story we posted on Friday morning after his testimony.
Ron Hays talks with the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Frank Lucas, after the Dodge City House Ag Committee Field Hearing
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