Kent Moore Testifies at Senate Ag Farm Bill Hearing
Kansas Corn Growers Association was invited to provide testimony to the Senate Ag Committee hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill held in Manhattan on Feb. 23. We are fortunate to have Senator Roberts as chairman of the committee, and Congressman Marshall serving on the House Agriculture Committee. Kent Moore, Iuka, spoke on behalf of the Kansas Corn Growers Association. He underlined the importance of a strong crop insurance program as well as the ARC and PLC programs. He advocated for improved implementation of the ARC program to correct problems in data on the county level which has caused inequities in the program in Kansas and other states. Moore also spoke about the importance of trade, and urged the committee to increase funding of the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development programs. While many checkoffs and other ag organizations and companies support the efforts of groups like the US Grains Council and US Meat Export Federation, the MAP and FMD programs bolster those investments and make those programs effective. Export markets are key to corn, ethanol, DDGS and agriculture in general. They represent the greatest opportunity for market growth especially in these times of low prices.