Farm Bureau applauds replenishing of CCC


After criticizing lawmakers early in the week, American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said he is grateful House lawmakers reimbursed the Commodity Credit Corporation.

Tuesday night, the House passed a Continuing Resolution through Dec. 11. This included funding for Commodity Credit Corporation. It also added new oversight for spending and $8 billion for nutrition programs.

According to the Farm Bureau, the safety net often used to support farm programs was “dangerously close” to running out of funds.

“We applaud Chairman Peterson and Ranking Member Conaway for their leadership, and House lawmakers for putting aside their differences to address the hardships being felt by America’s farmers and ranchers. For years, funding the CCC has been a bipartisan commitment,” Duvall said. “While we were disappointed it recently became a political flashpoint, we are pleased lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize that these funds help to sustain conservation programs and stock America’s pantry. I would be remiss if I did not also thank the Farm Bureau members across the country who let their elected leaders know how important the farm safety net is to the future of U.S. agriculture. We are grateful farmers’ voices were heard.”