Illinois Corn Growers Association President Jeff Scates, a family farmer from Shawneetown, IL, released the following statement regarding the pending 2012 Farm Bill legislation that is being considered on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday.
“The Illinois Corn Growers Association has been and continues to be active in the 2012 Farm Bill debate and has led efforts to include an improved revenue-based safety net and preserve crop insurance as a farmer-favored form of risk management.
As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) negotiate which amendments will be offered to the Farm Bill, S. 3240, we believe that only germane amendments should be considered on the Senate floor. Non-germane amendments could delay or derail passage of the bill.
“We oppose any amendments that reduce risk management opportunities through crop insurance for corn farmers. We support the effort of the Senate to pass a Farm Bill and urge swift passage of the legislation,” Scates said.
Corn farmers in Illinois and elsewhere in this country need the certainty of farm policy sooner rather than later.