As Congress continues the 2012 farm bill process, members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Public Policy Action Team met in Washington this week to hear more about the subject from experts from inside the beltway. PPAT’s mission is to offer direction to NCGA efforts to address public policy issues. The action team is comprised of 17 growers and staff from across the country.
“We came together in Washington this week to review current farm bill proposals and discuss timing and framework,” NCGA PPAT Chair Anthony Bush, a farmer from Mount Gilead, Ohio said. “Our agenda was filled with briefings from Capitol Hill staff. The staff have very demanding schedules and we greatly appreciate them taking time to speak with us. Those relationships are invaluable, especially at a time such as this.”
PPAT heard from House and Senate Ag Committee staff and experts on farm and risk management policy. Members were also briefed on other farm bill proposals and had the opportunity to compare those with NCGA’s policies. The action team is credited with developing NCGA’s farm bill proposal, the Agriculture Disaster Assistance Program, which has been used as a guiding framework for the organization’s farm bill efforts.
Team members include: Chair Anthony Bush, Vice Chair Jim Reed, Corn Board Liaison Chip Bowling, Mike Clemens, Justin Davis, Don Elsbernd, Curt Friesen, Morris Heitman, Tim Lenz, Lyle Pugh, Bruce Rohwer, Greg Schwarz, Mike Shuter, Jack Irvin- State staff, Val Vail Shirley- State staff, Sam Willett- NCGA staff and Molly O’Connor- NCGA staff.