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- INDUSTRY COMMENTS -

Why is it important to maintain the new farm law
and not allow changes to be made in it?

 

Ross Rutherford
Lummus Corp.
Lubbock, Texas

So much work goes into any Farm Bill, and once you have it in place, you need stability. That is what farmers want. When our customers make equipment purchases, they want to have stability in a Farm Bill so that they can make sound decisions. The government doesn’t need to be messing around with this law, because it was approved in Congress in a bi-partisan manner. This law needs to remain in place.

 
Darrell Knight
Uster Technologies, Inc.
Dothan, Ala.

I talk to farmers all over the country from California to the Carolinas, and they consider the Farm Bill to be a true safety net. When you start messing with this law after it’s been passed, it disrupts a farmer’s plans. The producer’s livelihood depends on being able to make decisions based on that law. I’d like to think we have friends in Congress who won’t allow these changes to occur.

 
Casey Newsom
Samuel Jackson, Inc.
Grenada, Miss.

One of the great things about the United States is contractual integrity. The Farm Bill is essentially a contract between our farmers and the government. If the government doesn’t honor the contract that it already has passed, what does that say to the food and fiber producers of this country? It took two years for Congress to come up with this bi-partisan legislation, and it certainly isn’t in the farmer’s interest to start changing it now. If the law is changed, uncertainty will further complicate farmers’ decisions for the future, and that’s not good for anyone. Let’s hope Congress doesn’t allow this to happen.

 
David Burns
Producer
Laurel Hill, N.C.

Many people worked so hard to bring the current Farm Bill to fruition. Farmers have made their plans, figuring this is the program we would be working with. To start making changes in a law that we thought was in place just doesn't make any sense. I would hate to see anybody start fooling with this bill. Our friends in Washington who understand the Farm Bill will hopefully stand with agriculture and not allow any changes in the law.

 
Johnny Pitts
T.J. Beall Co.
Cleveland, Miss.

Our company certainly stands alongside the producer in the hope that no changes will be made in the new farm law. We feel that it would be very difficult for producers to change plans in mid-stream. They have based their decisions on a law that Congress has already passed. To change the game now would be very difficult for them to adjust to at this point in time. My hope is that the new farm law will be implemented as Congress intended. And I also hope ag’s friends in Congress will pull together and keep this law intact.



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