Bismarck farmer Clark Coleman spoke on behalf of the sunflower, barley canola and pulse industries when testifying before the House Agriculture Committee. Coleman said the Title One programs are the backbone of the farm bill. “Without these programs, it would be difficult to get financing for my seed, fertilizer, and other production input costs. The options and flexibility provided by the 2022 farm bill has given farmers latitude to develop protection plans to best fit their operations.” Coleman also warned about surging input costs. “The reference prices established in the 2013 farm bill were reflective of the market for the first few years. However, the dynamic may be changing as we are experiencing a surge in prices and inputs that significantly increase the production costs and risks.”
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