Thursday, May 17, 2018
Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. urged members to respond to the organization’s action request by encouraging their congressman to help defeat “poison pill” amendments that could cause House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway to pull the bill from the floor.
Of particular concern is an amendment that would reduce the effectiveness of crop insurance and Title 1 commodity programs, Guebert said.
“Our No. 1 priority is to maintain crop insurance where it is,” the Randolph County farmer said on the RFD Radio Network® Wednesday, the same day House members started debate on the bill. “Any of these amendments are devastating to what our priorities are, set by our delegates.”
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With the farm economy down 50 percent from four years ago, farmers need the risk-management tools a farm bill can provide, he added.
The House version of the farm bill, from a farmer perspective, is very similar to the last farm bill. Title 1 commodity programs continue to include a choice between Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage.
IFB’s action request asks farmers to contact their representative in Washington D.C. and voice opposition to any amendments harmful to crop insurance and the commodity program that come up on the House floor during debate.
“Our plan is to defeat these amendments,” Guebert said. “I encourage everyone to call in. You did a great job on the last action request; let’s see if we can top it, because it’s really important.”
Visit this link for more information on participating in the action request.
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