December 14, 2012

Podcast: Five-year farm bill best option during lame duck session

In this podcast, Curt Friesen, a farmer from Henderson and member of the Nebraska Corn Board, said Congress needs to include a farm bill on its agenda during its lame duck session.

A simple extension, he said, is a poor choice because it does not provide the stability farmers and ranchers need to make sound business decisions going forward. The best path, he said, is a new five-year bill.

The Senate has already passed a bill and that could serve as a template for the House. The Senate bill provides for reasonable changes to programs and reduces spending significantly. It takes a common-sense approach to crop insurance and other items while providing drought-related assistance to livestock producers, Friesen said, adding that an extension does none of that.

He encouraged everyone to contact their Congressional representatives because it will make a difference.

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