NCC Vice Chairman Chuck Coley, a Vienna, Ga., producer, and American Cotton Producers Chairman Jimmy Dodson, Robstown, Texas, accompanied by NCC staff Mark Lange and Robbie Minnich, joined leaders from 12 other farm and commodity organizations in meetings to discuss policy priorities, to hear the perspectives of key policymakers and to work toward consensus on future U.S. farm policy.
In a statement issued by the group, the organizations stated they are committed to work together to come up with a viable farm policy. Also confirmed is their common belief that Congress should pass and the President should sign a strong new farm bill into law this year. The law expires at year’s end and producers – like all job creators – need certainty from Washington.
The group also emphasized that, "The economy is fragile, unemployment is high, and Americans are worried. Given the need for economic growth and deficit reduction, for our part we have offered to do more with less. If Washington provides America’s farmers and ranchers with some certainty, we can continue to help lead our nation’s economic recovery."
During their session, the producer leaders heard presentations regarding the current state of affairs in Washington so as to better understand the dynamics that will shape the law’s reauthorization.
Coley presented to the group the NCC’s views regarding farm policy, including the NCC’s support of the STAX proposal. Also during their visit to D.C., Coley and Dodson met with key USDA and congressional staff.
More information about the farm groups’ meeting, including a list of the participating organizations, is at www.cotton.org/news/releases/2012/farmmeet.cfm.