Early indications are that the bipartisan debt Super Committee didn't get the job done.
Therefore, the type of farm legislation the Super Committee may have received from U.S. House and Senate agricultural leaders has become somewhat of a moot point.
Last week, officials from the National Milk Producers Federation expressed optimism that the Super Committee would receive a package of farm proposals that included basic tenets of the Foundation for the Future program (which have since been assimilated into the Dairy Security Act co-sponsored by Reps. Collin Peterson (D.Minn.) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)
Now, farm legislation may be back squarely in the hands of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees rather than the Super Committee. But, as Doane Advisory Services analyst Rich Pottorff indicates in this story, the Super Committee’s failure to reach a deal will trigger automatic spending cuts, which could delay progress on the next farm bill.
“The one thing we can’t stand in this country is to keep the current policies,” because a support price of $9.90 is so far below the dairy farmers’ cost of production that it isn’t relevant anymore, NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney told Agri-Talk radio last week.
Mooney encouraged anyone who still has questions or concerns about the proposed policy reforms to go to the NMPF web site at www.nmpf.org
In the Agri Talk interview, Mooney also commented on the possibility of immigration reform. He said NMPF has some committees that are “trying to find ways to work with Congress and the (Obama) Administration to get help with immigration.”
“Even with 9 percent unemployment in this country, we have a hard time finding good farm workers to milk our cows and run our businesses at home,” he said, referring to the fact that many American citizens don’t want to work on dairies and immigrant workers are needed to fill the gap.