Key Issue: Farm Bill
The Farm Bill is a critical piece of legislation that benefits wheat growers and all of American agriculture. The policies authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill are set to expire in September 2023, allowing wheat growers to review and update the current programs to ensure meaningful coverage for producers throughout the country. As Congress works to reauthorize the Farm Bill, NAWG supports additional budget resources to help improve the farm safety net programs, protect and enhance crop insurance, invest in trade promotion programs, and provide farmers with the certainty and stability they need to continue producing a safe and nutritious food supply.
Crop insurance is a critical risk management tool for wheat producers. Like all safety net programs, crop insurance is frequently subject to real or proposed budget cuts. NAWG has emphasized to Congress on many occasions that additional cuts beyond those that were already made in the 2014 Farm Bill may jeopardize the capability of the partnership between the federal government and the private insurance industry to deliver risk protection to our members effectively. Of the safety net programs available to producers, crop insurance is one of the most reliable and, thus, one of the most important. According to the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, over 40 million acres – or 85 percent of the country’s total wheat acres – were covered by a form of crop insurance in 2019.