- Ag producers need to keep up with forecasted needs of the growing population.
- Crop insurance is a critical risk management tool for wheat producers, and like any other important tool on the farm, it needs periodic maintenance and sharpening.
- Food security and land security are a priority which is why we need to protect family farms. This lead into a discussion of the death tax, which Congressman Buck is working to repeal.
Members of CAWG meet with US Congressman Ken Buck
On Friday, September 15, 2017, CAWG President Jerry Cooksey, Mark Linnebur, Randy Traxler, and Brad Erker met with US Congressman Ken Buck at his office in Greeley, Colorado. Several items of interest to Colorado wheat farmers were discussed, including the Farm Bill, Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, funding for the Central Great Plains Research Station at Akron, NAFTA, and tax reform. A very good exchange of information was had, and CAWG thanks Congressman Buck for meeting with them. Farm Bill Discussion of the Farm Bill centered around commodity prices being low and CAWG leaders expressing the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) position that the federal crop insurance program is the most important risk management tool available to farmers. NAWG opposes any cuts to the Farm Bill’s Crop Insurance Title and any efforts to reduce or eliminate the federal cost-share which would make the program more expensive to farmers, causing them to lower their coverage. Buck made the comment that farmers are almost too good at what they do, producing a surplus that can lead to lower prices. CAWG members made several key points: