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NSP Statement on Farm Bill Agreement

NSP Statement on Farm Bill Agreement
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2018

NSP Statement on Farm Bill Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC — National Sorghum Producers welcomed news late yesterday an agreement was reached between farm bill conference committee leaders and the conference report was finalized.

“We commend the leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees for their relentless effort driving this process forward to an agreement,” NSP Chairman Dan Atkisson, a sorghum producer from Stockton, Kansas, said. “It cannot be overstated how important it is the farm bill makes it to the finish line this year, and we urge House and Senate members to vote yes in support of this legislation.”

The new bill largely upholds legislation from the previous 2014 bill including a $3.95 reference price for sorghum producers. New additions to the 2018 farm bill include conservation language on resource conserving crop rotations and instructions to work on irrigated sorghum insurance. Lawmakers also provided loan rate increases in the new legislation, which will help the needs of sorghum growers.

“Farmers across the Sorghum Belt are wrapping up harvest and feeling the impacts of a difficult farm economy right now,” NSP Vice Chairman Kody Carson, a sorghum producer from Olton, Texas, said.”The new farm bill is central in providing much needed stability as we begin to refinance operations.”

NSP has been actively engaged in the farm bill process and believes the new legislation maintains balanced and solid protection for America’s farmers and ranchers. NSP looks forward to working with lawmakers to ensure the needs of the sorghum industry are met through the implementation process once the bill is signed by the President.

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NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers and serves as the voice of the sorghum industry coast to coast through legislative representation, regulatory representation and education. To learn more about NSP, visit www.sorghumgrowers.com.

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Blackburn
External Affairs Director
National Sorghum Producers
jennifer@sorghumgrowers.com
806-749-3478