Farm Bill Efforts Battle On

As part of our ongoing efforts to impact the development of the 2012 Farm Bill, OCWGA was in Washington, D.C.

During our frequent visits to the capital, we ensure that we meet with the policymakers and Hill staff who are integral to the process of helping to shape and formulate the Farm Bill. We purposefully met with every office in our congressional delegation. Specifically, we had the opportunity to engage in one-one discussions with:

  • Speaker John Boehner
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown, Senate Ag Committee member
  • Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, House Ag Committee member and chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture)
  • Congressman Bob Gibbs, House Ag Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Two issues that we’ve deemed most significant to our state’s grain industry regarding the Farm Bill are ensuring a safety net for Ohio’s farmers and reiterating the value of the ethanol industry to our national economy, farms and rural communities. Two examples of our talking points during our conversations included:

  • We support transitioning from direct payments to strengthen safety-net programs such as ACRE and crop insurance; transferring the responsibility to the grower to opt into the program to actively manage risk
  • The ethanol industry led the resurgence of Ohio’s No. 1 industry—agriculture—creating jobs and strengthening rural America with ongoing reinvestment

As always, we welcome any questions or comments about or related to our work to advance the Ohio grain industry, especially now as we address the pending Farm Bill. If you’re interested in assisting us with our efforts to advocate our recommendations, or if you’re interested in joining OCWGA, please contact us.

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