3 Commodity Groups Stand Firm on Positions

The American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Canola Association send a letter to House and Senate Ag Leaders Friday making clear they still favor more market-oriented farm policies - and that won't change as both chambers prepare for conference on the bill. All three organizations say they will oppose any bill containing a risk management program that would tie planted acres to target prices. The Associations also made it clear they will opposed any program that distorts planting decisions in years when prices fall below support levels - resulting in surplus production of some commodities, reduced acreage for small crops, depressed domestic and international market prices - and also potential WTO actions against the United States.

ASA President Danny Murphy says there's no question a farm bill needs to get done - but the need to pass a farm bill can't be an excuse for policies that place farmers at greater risk. Murphy says soybean farmers simply can't afford a bill containing a risk management program that would create more risk for growers by distorting market signals. NCGA President Pam Johnson says NCGA remains extremely concerned about a fixed-target-price program recoupled to planted acres that moves U.S. farm policy away from market-oriented reforms that have made a robust rural economy possible. Johnson says NCGA's goals have always been to ensure the federal crop insurance program remains the cornerstone of the farm safety net and that there are market-oriented risk management tools that best complement that program.

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