NAWG President Jimmie Musick Calls on Lame Duck Congress to Finish 2018 Farm BillWed, 07 Nov 2018 09:33:24 CST
With the closing of the 2018 Midterm Elections, NAWG President and Oklahoma wheat grower Jimmie Musick has issued the following statement:
“While the 2018 midterm elections brought change to the political makeup of Congress, this should not impact the priority of passing the 2018 farm bill by the end of this session of Congress. With the farm bill having expired, growers are left with much uncertainty and are denied access to several beneficial programs within the bill.
“In particular, the outlook for foreign market development funding is in doubt until action is taken. Additionally, the USDA no longer has the authority to undertake new sign-ups for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) which incentivizes growers to incorporate healthy soil, non-tillage, and other similar practices into their operations.
“NAWG congratulates those who were newly elected to the 116th Congress and commends you for pursuing a career in public service. The economy in Rural America is struggling and we need strong supporters of agriculture to bring it out of these difficult times. NAWG urges Congress to pass the 2018 farm bill during lame duck and is looking forward to working with the new congress on overseeing implementation of the bill and educating them on the value of the wheat industry.”
On Wednesday morning, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Musick at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Kansas City- Musick and Hays talked about the elections and the need to get moving on a final 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report- as well as crop conditions in southwestern Oklahoma, where Musick farms wheat, cotton and more.
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