The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says work on the farm bill needs to be expedited so producers can make farming decisions for this year and the next.

“NCGA is pleased discussion is continuing on the farm bill,” said NCGA President Ron Litterer, a grower from Greene, Iowa. “We hope all sides involved will quickly come to an agreement and get the bill completed by the March 15 deadline.”

Yesterday, (March 2) House agriculture committee chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said there might be another one-month extension of the farm bill, pushing the completion date back until April 15.

“While commodity prices remain well over target price levels, it is important that growers be able to plan for this crop year and those over the next five years,” Litterer added. “The expiration of the 2002 farm bill has been no secret and did not come by happenstance. Action needs to be taken now to ensure the farm bill is competed in a timely manner.”

NCGA is optimistic that this farm bill will include an improved risk management tool that will address the increasing levels of risk farmers are facing today and in the future. The House, Senate, and administration farm bill proposals all include revenue programs. Litterer said corn growers need a farm bill that delivers a more market-oriented safety net that ensures assistance when it is needed most.