Farmers await 2012 Farm Bill

POSTED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 3:31pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- Farmers have been waiting to see the new version of the farm bill and the main thing they are worried about -- crop insurance.

"From droughts here to floods all through the Midwest, it just, it calls into sharp focus, the need to have a really good crop insurance program. Especially just because we can't afford big disaster payments," said Jim Sartwelle, of the McLennan County Texas Farm Bureau.

Farmers we spoke with said if they ever had to file a claim is to get a direct payment that means they get paid no matter what.

"We believe the tradeoff will be, out of direct payments and into, increased risk management tools, like crop insurance, that farmers and ranchers can use some degree of predictability in their income," said Sartwelle.

Like any business one of the biggest problems is uncertainty.

"Anything that increases uncertainty at the farm gate, that increases cost of production like all of the federal regulations that we have now due, eventually get felt by consumers," said Sartwelle.

And want less red tape from Washington.

"Everybody wants to pull crap off, put crap on; talk about nutrition, talk about animal welfare. All we want to have, is to know what the rules are going to be with a lot less budgetary support from the federal government," said Sartwelle.

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