In its strongest message yet, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has called on the Senate Agriculture Committee to include an optional, state-based, revenue counter-cyclical program to enhance the long-term viability and competitiveness of American agriculture.
In a letter sent to committee members Friday, NCGA President Ron Litter challenged the committee to “give farmers a choice to select the program that works best for them. It doesn’t cost more but for some, it provides better protection.”
The drought that affected much of the eastern U.S. this year will reduce many growers’ yields, even as the nation harvests the largest corn crop ever. That, Litterer noted, is exactly the reason why farmers would benefit from a farm bill that protects against lower revenues, not just lower commodity prices.
“A revenue counter-cyclical program (RCCP) provides better protection with less market distortions, and makes private crop insurance work better,” Litterer wrote...
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