Johnson to Capitol Hill to lobby for farm bill

Published online: Apr 19, 2013
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National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson is in Washington, D.C., urging lawmakers to get a five-year farm bill passed.

Specifically, Johnson tells Brownfield that the organization advocates for a risk management tool that complements crop insurance in a multi-year program. Some growers want federal farm policy to include a target price.

"If a target price program is part of the package for the next farm bill, then for sure we feel very strongly that target prices are decoupled from planted acres and are on base acres so that we don't go back to having planting distortions," Johnson told Brownfield Wednesday from the National Corn Growers Association Office in Washington, D.C.

Johnson, a Northwest Iowa corn grower, says her visits have more impact if, while growers wait for the soil to warm up and dry out, they actually take some time to help do the lobbying.

"If you've got a couple of minutes, now's a great time to be calling your congressman and your senator and letting them know how important it is to get a farm bill this year and how important crop insurance is to you," said Johnson.

The Capitol switchboard can be reached at 202-224-3121.