Soybean farmers want to see a 2024 Farm Bill

A soybean farmer from central Kansas says now is the time to pass a new farm bill.

“We really can’t wait for the elections. We need to get this resolved before we get there.”

Charles Atkinson, a director with the American Soybean Association, says soybean growers still want to see updates in the bill, including tweaks to crop insurance.

“For crop insurance, we picked up a lot of counties that were able to double crop in places that haven’t done it before. How can we make it better? How can we make it fit everyone’s farm?”

Atkinson says changes to reference prices are also needed as commodity prices move lower. And while Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow has made her stance clear there’s no new money for those changes, he says lawmakers must work together to find a solution.

“She is very good on the numbers and she knows how this works and we need to make sure we work with Senator Stabenow and others on the committee to get this passed as quickly as we can.”

U.S. soybean farmers will consider resolutions on the farm bill during their policy session Saturday at the Commodity Classic.

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