Congressman Adrian Smith says Nebraska farmers have told him they are willing to do what they can to help control spending in Washington, as long as Washington is willing to help them control risk.
Smith has been traveling Nebraska on a Farm Tour, listening to state producers. He has a number of visits scheduled in the district this week. Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network he wants to listen to the folks on the front line before debate on the new farm bill heats up in Washington.
Smith is quick to point out that the farm bill has much less to do about the farm than most Americans realize. Most of the bill funds food stamps and nutrition programs. Then, there is farm policy. Smith says Nebraska farmers understand financial pressure might lead Congress to cut commodity subsidies.
“They’ve come to the table. They’ve been willing to discuss such issues,” Smith says. “But, we don’t want to jeopardize some things that have really been successful, namely crop insurance.”
Smith notes farmers pay into crop insurance, which gives them a good tool to manage risk and maximize profit.
Trade could keep help strong commodity prices high, according to Smith, who says the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership could greatly increase farm trade to Pacific Rim countries. Smith says Nebraska farmers benefit from increased trade.
Congressman Smith’s upcoming Farm Bill Listening Tour Stops:
Monday, March 12th
Gering Farm and Ranch Museum, 2930 M Street, Gering
10:00 – 11:00 AM MT
Tuesday, March 13th
Community Building, Red Willow County Fair Grounds, West 5th & O Street, McCook
9:30 – 10:30 AM CT
Wednesday, March 14th
Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Wortman Room, 1604 L Street, Aurora
9:00 – 10:00 AM CT
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Congressman Adrian Smith about agriculture policy [6:35]