First, the farm bill has been written. . . farmers have made business decisions based on the contents of the bill. . . and now it must be defended. Attacks on farm policy against sugar policy, crop insurance and other important tools used by farmers are likely to come through the appropriations process that will play out in the coming months. Our request of everyone we visited was to vote against any attack on any of the farm policies. We are reminding offices that with a resolution of the Mexican trade problem, our policy is predicted to cost “$0” for the next 10 years by USDA. While the sugar users argued that they were paying substantially higher prices for sugar during the farm bill consideration, prices were driven by global shortages and not by the U.S. sugar policy.
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