Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, issued the following statement concerning the Senate Agriculture Committee's passage of a Farm Bill:
"The Senate Agriculture Committee today broke faith with tradition by passing a Farm Bill that is so lopsided and discriminatory against certain producers, regions, and crops that it will take extraordinary effort to restore the kind of balance necessary to pass a farm bill.
"In making the farm bill indefensibly rich for some while making it ineffective for others, the legislation will also distort planting decisions; producers with the option to do so will plant for the program instead of the market. In addition, the Senate Farm Bill manages to fail in the two ways most important to farmers, by missing opportunities to protect and improve crop insurance and by failing to provide farmers price protection in periods of prolonged low prices.
"Especially ill-served in the bill are producers of wheat, cotton, rice, peanuts, and even corn and soybeans where they farm areas with any production risk. This bill was specially designed for a crop or two grown in one region of the country and it will not become law. Today was a big step backward in completing a Farm Bill this year."