Iowa Corn Growers Association President Curt Mether released the following statement today after the announcement that Congress reached an agreement on a new farm bill. The final version of the farm bill passed out of the US Senate Tuesday by a bipartisan vote of 87-13 and the US House passed it out on a bipartisan vote today of 369-47. Now the bill will be sent to the President to await his signature to become law.
“Iowa Corn welcomes the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill before the start of the new year,” stated Mether. “ICGA is pleased to see there were no cuts to the current crop insurance program and a continuation of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). “ICGA also appreciates the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) trade programs will be funded at full levels for the next five years-a huge win for Iowa corn farmers as these fundamental programs support the promotion of corn in all forms in international markets. The Genomes to Phenomes Initiative has been included in the bill as it is essential for Iowa corn farmers in developing new varieties allowing the potential for higher yields. All of these programs are crucial to the success of Iowa’s corn growers and we thank our grower members for your efforts in urging lawmakers to reach a deal before the new year.”
The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a 7,500-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.
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