With a presidential election two weeks away, meeting attendees are pondering what changes the election will bring to agriculture. Crop Insurance Professionals Association board member and Ohio crop insurance agent Jason Williamson is looking forward to hearing from ProFarmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer and others about it this week. “To hear from them what they’re seeing in Washington D.C. firsthand, I don’t know how you can replace that.” AgCountry Farm Credit Services Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Howard Olson says ad-hoc payment discussions are also a big part of the meeting. “We’ve been trying to get away from ad-hoc disaster programs and while they were needed this year, we will probably have to go back to work really hard to discuss the importance of crop insurance heading into the next farm bill.” A few of the day’s speakers include North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, Pro Farmer’s Jim Wiesemeyer and USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey. Watch our coverage.
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