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Farm Bill

Ag retailers and suppliers play a vital role in the success of the nation's food security. These businesses are responsible for getting the right crop inputs to their farmer customers at the right time, which can be difficult in the short timeframe farmers have to plant. The following are issues of importance to the ag retail industry in the next Farm Bill. 

Each year, ARA membership decides a new set of policy issues the association will focus on with elected officials and key regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. The established set of policy issues typically drive discussions during the annual ARA Legislative Fly-In. Read more about ARA's proposed solutions related to the next Farm Bill.

Current State

  • Agricultural retailers and distributors play a vital role in the success of the nation’s food security.
  • These businesses are responsible for getting the right crop inputs to their farmer customers at the right time, which can be difficult in the short timeframe farmers have to plant.
  • Retailers also provide their farmer customers with crop consulting services and custom pesticide and fertilizer application services.

ARA's Position

  • Preserve the crop insurance program.
  • Work with USDA-Risk Management Agency (RMA) to modify prevented planting dates to lessen potential impacts on farmers.
  • Continue to encourage ARA members to contact local RMA offices to express concerns and provide pertinent data regarding impacts. USDA should continuously review prevented planting dates to ensure the dates reflect advances in technologies.
  • Maintain current acreage dedicated to Conservation Programs (CRP/ CSP) and protect working lands.
  • Support for the statistical survey work carried out by the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) in support of the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Questions? Send questions to the ARA policy team of experts via the DC Help Desk. 

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