To The Herald-Whig:
The Fall Legislative Fly-In, sponsored by the National Farmers Union was held September 11-14 in Washington D.C.
Members of the Missouri Farmers Union met personally with Representatives Carnahan, Cleaver, Emerson and Long. We were able to speak with both of Missouri's Senators; Blunt and McCaskill. We want to thank elected leaders and their aides, who took time out on a busy day to speak with us.
Ag will take more than our share of federal budget hits, and subsidies like direct payments will probably be the first to go. The message we gave Congress was that we need a safety net for family farms. Any good safety net needs to have an affordable crop insurance program. We also stressed the need for the renewable fuels standard and the implementation of the proposed grain inspection and packers and stockyards administration (GIPSA) rules. The GIPSA rules would give protection to contract producers and make market prices to independent producers more transparent.