is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist

NCGA: Keep the Heat on for the Farm Bill

While the largest harvest of corn acres since the 1940s is about to begin, the National Corn Growers warns farmers not to take their eye off the farm bill.

Walking the Farm Progress Show site this week gave a person the chance to catch up with old friends and meet now folks in the industry. On Wednesday, in the heat of noon-day summer sun in Decatur, we ran into a group from the National Corn Growers Association making there away around the show site including Rick Tolman, NCGA chief executive officer; Ron Litterer, first vice president, Greene, Iowa; and Bob Dickey, board member, Laurel, Neb.

Their mission at the show: "To discuss the farm bill," says Litterer.

The many questions surrounding the farm bill, including provisions in the House version that have raised concerns in the Bush Administration, are a big part of the discussion. During the show, Litterer was spreading the word that corn growers have to make their voices be heard.

With Congress in summer recess, it's time for farmers to make contact with their own lawmakers and make their opinions known. When Congress goes back in session after Labor Day, the new farm bill, the Water Resources Development Act and energy legislation will all be waiting for attention. These are key items NCGA has supported, and the organization relies on farmer members to communicate with lawmakers.

Litterer, in a media release, notes that farmers often only speak up when there's a crisis. "But it's especially important we contact our legislators now and urge action on these important issues," he says.

TAGS: Farm Shows
Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.