Farmers To Congress: It's Time to Act on Farm Bill Decision


Nebraska farmers have asked leaders in Congress to pass a Farm Bill or risk undoing positive gains.

Tim Scheer, Corn Board chairman, said, "All the progress achieved and contributions that agriculture has made in the past decade are at risk if Congress continues to drag its feet."

The Corn Board credits Nebraska's congressional delegation, but they want to step up the pressure on those like House Speaker John Boehner.

Farmers say they're willing to allow billions in concessions.

Scheer said, "Farmers have asked to get rid of direct payments." The chairman said farmers don't need them and taxpayers don't want to pay them.

"We're looking at programs that are fiscally responsible and obviously crop insurance is one of those things, only pays farmers that need to be paid," Scheer said.

The current Farm Bill, crafted in 2008 and extended last year, is set to expire September 30.

If a new bill or an extension of the 2008 bill is not passed, federal price supports revert to their 1949 levels. Some farmers, such as those involved in wheat or dairy production, would benefit while others, like soybean farmers, would get nothing at all because of some commodities that were added after the 1949 legislation.

Leaders of the corn board say they won't settle for another extension and are worried it'll come to that, with only nine days after the August recess to act in time to get the bill to the U.S. Senate.