A lot has changed since the last Farm Bill was passed. Politics, commodity prices, input costs, tea party, global economics, US budget deficit, have all changed.
So how do we get a new farm bill?
1. Give farmers choices
2. Free and fair markets
3. Less regulatory burdens
Farmers and farm groups need to acknowledge the rules in Washington have changed.
Farmers need to manage a multitude of risks. More than almost any other business. Agriculture either gets help to manage this risk or over the long term food prices will cost more. US has had 80 years of a cheap food policy. Support floors in the past tend to become price ceilings.
Farmers choice Farm Bill. Let farmers choose which one of several programs they will use to manage risk. Only one program can be used per cropland acre. I would give farmers 6 choices to choose from. I would eliminate several programs.
To bring greater efficiencies and less confusion to farm programs we need to combine FSA and NRCS. I would keep the guaranteed portion of the farm loan program with FSA, but would send the direct program to the Farm Credit System. Do a top to bottom review of Rural Development, but I would not send any of those programs to the Small Business Administration.
Farmers Choice Farm Bill
Consolidate and reform USDA
Eliminate some programs
Ultimately More Profit Potential