ASTA discusses farm bill priorities

The American Seed Trade Association says farmer safety nets need to be strengthened in the 2023 Farm Bill.

Janae Brady is the association’s vice president of government affairs. “The risk management pieces of the farm bill are really the cornerstone for ensuring producers are able to have a product this year,” she said, “but also turn around and get ready to plant again and find success again the following year.”

She tells Brownfield crop insurance is critical to the seed industry. “We want to make sure we are enabling farmers to be able to access crop insurance and utilize it,” Brady said. “No farmer wants to use it, but of course are happy when it is there.”

Brady says the association also supports funding increases for conservation, ag research, trade promotion, and innovation.

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