(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2012)
June 6: As the Senate prepares to begin debate on the 2012 farm bill, the National Corn Growers Association participated in a news conference with Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts to stress the importance of the reformed legislation.
Lyle Pugh, a member of NCGA’s Public Policy Action Team and a farmer from Chesapeake, Va., participated in the event along with dairy farmers and fruit growers.
“Since I have been involved in agriculture, the industry has changed dramatically,” Pugh said during the press conference. “Farmers have sent a strong message that direct payments are no longer defensible and do not provide assistance when it is most needed. Instead, we want a program that will help lessen the blow when farmers are facing years of bad weather or depressed markets.”
Pugh, who farms with his wife, Molly, went on to say that as a farmer and taxpayer, he is pleased to see the new farm bill reduces the federal deficit and makes the necessary reforms for the next generation. He hopes one day to have the opportunity to pass their farm to Hudson, their two-year-old son, so he can also enjoy the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment of planting, protecting, and harvesting a crop.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on the farm bill yesterday and a vote is expected on Thursday. Formal debate will then take place on the Senate floor.
“I would like to thank Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts for their extraordinary efforts to write a new bi-partisan 2012 farm bill,” Pugh said. “We hope Congress passes the legislation this year, to ensure the stability needed to properly plan for future crops.”