March 17, 2017
The U.S. Dry Bean Council is one of seventeen U.S. farm and commodity organizations that have signed a letter to leaders of the House and Senate budget and appropriations committees asking for increased funding for the next farm bill. Both the National Farmers Union and American Farm Bureau Federation signed the letter, along with 14 commodity groups. The letter says while the safety net provided under Title I of the farm bill and crop insurance have provided some protection, they must be strengthened. Farm budgets are very tight this year and with USDA predicting commodity prices to remain flat for the next several years, the farm groups say they need a strong, effective farm bill to help farmers and ranchers through this difficult, long-term period of depressed prices and income.