John Temme, a Wayne County producer and a member of the bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee, says they covered a range of timely topics.
“We took the opportunity to voice our opinions on trade and the Farm Bill,” Temme says. “I felt that our congressional delegation was very open to what we had to say.”
Temme says the group is optimistic despite the challenges caused by the trade war. He says he’s hopeful the administration and Congress will resolve the disputes and push for new markets.
“If we just work to try to get NAFTA finalized or just work to get something finalized with China,” Temme says, “either one of those, if we just get it done, I think that would be a huge opportunity.”
Separate versions of the Farm Bill have passed in each chamber of Congress and Temme says they urged lawmakers to get one version before the president to sign.
“We’re pretty happy with either option, either the Senate bill or the House bill,” Temme says. “There’s little, minor provisions in either bill we’d like to see changed, but we just encouraged the conferees to look at getting the bill put together in a timely fashion.”
It’s important to farmers and ranchers, he says, that the new Farm Bill passes before the current one expires at the end of September.
Despite the many challenges facing farmers and ranchers, Temme says their young producer group believes agriculture has a bright future.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton