John Boozman
John Boozman

NSP Commends Senate Agriculture Ranking Member Boozman’s Farm Bill Framework

Washington, DC (June 11, 2024) — U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) unveiled his comprehensive 2024 Farm Bill proposal. 

National Sorghum Producers Chairman Craig Meeker, a sorghum farmer from Wellington, Kansas, released the following statement in response:

“National Sorghum Producers (NSP) warmly welcomes Senator Boozman's forward-thinking farm bill proposal, tailored to meet the urgent and evolving needs of America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers. It is imperative now more than ever to ensure that the next farm bill truly reflects the essential role of farming within our national infrastructure. The message has been clear: ‘we need more farm in the farm bill,’ and this framework sets a strong foundation for delivering on that need.

"We are encouraged by this action in the Senate, and look forward to working with the full committee as details become further refined, ensuring reference prices accurately mirror the real and rising costs of production for U.S. sorghum farmers and that the overall safety net is enhanced."

NAWG Responds to Ranking Member Boozman’s Farm Bill Proposal

Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2024) – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released a five-year farm bill proposal. 

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Keeff Felty provided the following statement in response:

“NAWG commends Ranking Member Boozman for continuing to move the process forward by releasing his version of a farm bill. We appreciate his farm bill proposal, which protects crop insurance and incorporates policies we advocated for. This is a step in the right direction and will hopefully lead to Senate action soon.”

“The farm bill is one of the most impactful pieces of legislation when it comes to protecting our food supply and food security, advancing conservation and environmental stewardship, and ensuring the farmers who produce our food can feed a growing population.”

“We will continue to review this proposal and urge members in both chambers to get a bipartisan farm bill signed into law this year.”

NAWG will continue to underscore the need to get a Farm Bill done, which works for wheat growers and rural America. These priorities include:

  • Protecting crop insurance that serves as the cornerstone of the farm safety net.
  • Working to strengthen and enhance Title I and crop insurance to protect farmers better.
  • Supporting financial and technical assistance through voluntary conservation cost-share programs for producers in all climates and wheat-producing regions.
  • Encouraging additional investment in agricultural trade promotions and US commodities as part of the Farm Bill’s trade title.
  • Supporting wheat research programs authorized under the Farm Bill and robust funding as part of the annual appropriations process.

NACD Commends Proposals in Senate Ranking Member’s Farm Bill Framework, Urges Bipartisan Action to Pass a Final Bill

Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2024) – Senate Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member John Boozman released a framework outlining Senate Republican farm bill priorities. NACD commends that the framework supports NACD’s top farm bill request by calling for the incorporation of all remaining Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) conservation investments into the conservation title of the bill. The framework also supports NACD priorities to simplify and streamline conservation programs, bolster Natural Resources Conservation Service watershed programs, and incentivize the enrollment of marginal land within the Conservation Reserve Program.

“NACD appreciates that Ranking Member Boozman’s framework calls to integrate all IRA conservation investments into the conservation title, which will allow more producers across the country to adopt effective, locally led conservation practices for decades to come,” said NACD President Kim LaFleur. “We are thrilled that this request has bipartisan support from the leaders of the agriculture committees, but Congress has limited time to take advantage of this huge opportunity to integrate IRA funding. We urge these leaders to work together to pass a final bill this year that includes this proposal and additional priorities supporting our country’s locally led conservation delivery system.”

The release of Ranking Member Boozman’s framework follows the Senate Committee on Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow introducing a farm bill framework and the House Committee on Agriculture voting to advance a full farm bill.