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Good morning and thank you to our witnesses and to my colleagues for being with us at this early hour.
I am pleased to chair this hearing as growers across the country are at different stages of the growing season and dealing with varying weather conditions.
Southern winter wheat growers are starting to harvest, with many facing historic drought conditions. Meanwhile, growers of corn, soybeans, oilseeds and sugar beets further north are still trying to bring in their crops amid widespread flooding.
Since the drafting of the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers have suffered the economic impacts of a trade war with
In particular, the most recurring problem that I hear about from farmers and stakeholders back home in
All of these conditions impacted the operation of our Farm Bill programs. And our intention with today’s hearing is to get feedback from this panel of experts on what those conditions have meant for how our commodity programs have functioned as a safety net and the role that the federal crop insurance program has played in helping producers manage risk.
Over the past year and a half, this sub-committee has focused on understanding the situation on the ground and the needs of our producers. We held a hearing on the effectiveness of the agricultural safety net almost a year ago and heard important testimony from producers, a crop insurance agent and an agricultural economist, and it is clear that the situation is much different today than it was then. And earlier this year, we heard from Undersecretary
Today we have the privilege of hearing from a distinguished panel of agricultural economists on the state of play and I look forward to hearing your testimony.
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