NCGA Unveils 'Counter-Cyclical' Proposal as Keystone of 2002 Farm Bill Testimony

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Corn Growers Association

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Battle
 Creek, Neb., farmer Lee Klein -- president of the National Corn Growers
 Association (NCGA) -- today unveiled the group's bold and innovative counter-
 cyclical income support proposal during testimony before the House Committee
 on Agriculture.
     NCGA's farm bill proposal includes many aspects necessary for the health
 of rural America.  At its centerpiece is a counter-cyclical program that will
 provide growers the support they need when they need it.  This program
 incorporates the benefits of the marketing assistance loan program and the
 market loss assistance payments into one WTO-compliant counter-cyclical
 program.
     Citing the continued productivity of this nation's corn growers, Klein
 told the House Agriculture Committee that the equation of higher yields and
 higher stocks-to-use ratios equaling today's low prices calls for a
 continued evolution in farm policy.
     "To NCGA this shows that our next generation of farm policy needs a
 counter-cyclical component that is heavily oriented at answering the
 profitability needs of basic commodity farm income."  Klein added, "We need a
 complete package that provides farmers opportunities in the market place
 with minimal interference in production decisions and that includes a safety
 net against those economic forces that are beyond producers' control.  We
 believe our proposal can do that."
     Klein concluded his remarks by stating that it is in the best interests of
 the American public in general and rural communities in particular to
 "protect the viability of agricultural producers in a manner that is market
 oriented, WTO-compliant, environmentally responsible and responsive to the
 vast geographical and economical differences faced by our rural farm
 families and corn grower members."
     Klein's testimony in its entirety is posted on the NCGA web site:
 http://www.ncga.com .
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Battle
 Creek, Neb., farmer Lee Klein -- president of the National Corn Growers
 Association (NCGA) -- today unveiled the group's bold and innovative counter-
 cyclical income support proposal during testimony before the House Committee
 on Agriculture.
     NCGA's farm bill proposal includes many aspects necessary for the health
 of rural America.  At its centerpiece is a counter-cyclical program that will
 provide growers the support they need when they need it.  This program
 incorporates the benefits of the marketing assistance loan program and the
 market loss assistance payments into one WTO-compliant counter-cyclical
 program.
     Citing the continued productivity of this nation's corn growers, Klein
 told the House Agriculture Committee that the equation of higher yields and
 higher stocks-to-use ratios equaling today's low prices calls for a
 continued evolution in farm policy.
     "To NCGA this shows that our next generation of farm policy needs a
 counter-cyclical component that is heavily oriented at answering the
 profitability needs of basic commodity farm income."  Klein added, "We need a
 complete package that provides farmers opportunities in the market place
 with minimal interference in production decisions and that includes a safety
 net against those economic forces that are beyond producers' control.  We
 believe our proposal can do that."
     Klein concluded his remarks by stating that it is in the best interests of
 the American public in general and rural communities in particular to
 "protect the viability of agricultural producers in a manner that is market
 oriented, WTO-compliant, environmentally responsible and responsive to the
 vast geographical and economical differences faced by our rural farm
 families and corn grower members."
     Klein's testimony in its entirety is posted on the NCGA web site:
 http://www.ncga.com .
 
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