Soybean farmer leaders ready for next farm bill

Illinois farmer Daryl Cates is taking over as the president of the American Soybean Association this week.

“It will be an interesting year with this farm bill coming up in my presidency.”

By the end of 2023, Cates would like to see a completed farm bill.

“Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson, the new head of the House Ag Committee, told us at the Farm Progress Show we will get it pushed through,” says Cates. “I’m taking him for his word and hopefully, we can get it pushed through.”

Outgoing ASA Chairman and South Dakota farmer Kevin Scott tells Brownfield soybean farmers would also like to see farm bill funding increase.

“We don’t want a larger piece of the pie, we want a larger pie,” says Scott. “It seems like the soybeans have been underfunded in previous farm programs and the current levels aren’t matching up to our needs.”

The American Soybean Association is meeting this week in St. Louis.

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