“There’s a lot of people that want, and I mean by people- Senators and representatives- that have been talking about we need to lessen the insurance. But the thing is, if we do that then we may be coming back to disaster payments again and we as farmers don’t want that,” says Poseyville farmer, Mark Seib. The Senate version of the farm bill passed with an 86 to 11 vote. Lawmakers say the idea is to provide relief to farmers who are dealing with low product prices. Several hoosier farmers rely on programs in the farm bill, such as crop insurance and the commodity titles, in order to plan the future.
“We base our planting decisions and buying decisions on equipment and those kids of things off of the farm bill and that sets the tone for the Ag economy for the next 4 years,” says Seib. The House version passed late last week, which included a work requirement for SNAP benefits. That provision was removed from the Senate version. This Poseyville farmer says he hopes food programs are protected.
“If we took food stamps out of the farm bill, and out of the department at USDA, then we would have no leverage with the Senators with New York or the representatives from California or any places like that from LA or whatever because they don’t have Ag,” says Seib. He encourages other farmers to reach out to their lawmakers to have their voices heard.”Don’t be afriad to call your Congressman or your Senator and tell them your family story. The biggest majority of the farm operations out here are family operations.”