Preparing for the next farm bill, National Farmers Union President Rob Larew is concerned about the money coming into agriculture from ad-hoc programs. “The question going forward is not only the total dollars, but how is that money going out? Is the money going to the right people at the right time and the right way? We’ll have to build in a mechanism for these kinds of disruptions. We know there will continue to be disruptions in agriculture.” Larew acknowledges livestock producers aren’t used to having ad-hoc programs available during tough times like the drought. “That’s why, continuing to build in flexibility for livestock producers will be important. Overall, we also need a cattle market that’s workable in the long-term.” Larew was part of an agriculture policy panel at FarmFest in Minnesota.
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