A strong safety net remains a priority for farmers

The Senate Ag Committee’s second field hearing is underway in Arkansas. 

Farmers taking part in the hearing made it clear that a long-term safety net needs to be a priority – regardless of the crop.  Nathan Reed a diversified farmer from eastern Arkansas says there will be price declines from where we are today.  “Current input costs when paired with reduced commodity prices are not sustainable,” he says.  “Recent disasters have been more extreme than the essential exiting commodity programs and crop insurance products can provide.”

Reed was representing the American Cotton Producers.

Brad Doyle, a farmer from Weiner, Arkansas, president of the American Soybean Association says more funding is needed for programs that support US agriculture.  “Protecting, enhancing, growing, and building all require additional resources.”

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