The American Soybean Association (ASA), which members of the Wisconsin Soybean Association belong to as part of your membership privileges, hailed the award of the ‘Chairman’s mark’ of the farm bill by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conway of Texas.
(A Chairman’s mark is a proposal put forward by the Chairman in committee consideration at the start of the markup process).
This is the start of a long process with many stages. The ASA is hopeful the Chairman Conway and others will continue negotiations to pass a bill in the House that can find agreement in the Senate and become law this year.
The ASA noted appreciation to Chairman Conway “for including authorization for the Foreign Market Development program, as well as funding for FMD and the Market Access Program. ASA will continue to press for the doubled funding we originally requested for these programs, which farmers across the country leverage to expand our overseas markets”.
Said ASA President John Heisdorffer: “We need to get this farm bill done this year to provide long-term certainty for farmers, given lingering questions on trade and the shaky state of the farm economy.”
Should you wish to make your voice heard on the topic with your elected representatives, here’s a handy list of whom to call:
Sen. Ron Johnson – ask for Meris Petek’s voice mail – 202-224-5323Sen. Tammy Baldwin—ask for Colleene Thomas voice mail – 202-224-5653Rep. Ron Kind – ask for Aaron White’s voice mail – 202- 225-5506Rep. Sean Duffy – ask for Ryan Mc Cormack’s voice mail – 202-225-3365Rep. Mike Gallagher – ask for Matt Tucker’s voice mail – 202-225-5665Rep. Paul Ryan – ask for Laura Wiley’s voice mail – 202-225-3031Rep. Mark Pocan – ask for Syd Terry’s voice mail – 202-225-2906Rep. Glen Grothman – ask for Chris Grawein’s voice mail – 202-225-2476Rep. J. Sensenbrenner—ask for Jacob Perterson’s voice mail – 202-225-5101