After returning from Corn Congress, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association is focused on the farm bill. Executive Director DaNita Murray says South Dakota and Minnesota would like to see an increase in reference prices and loan rates, but that resolution did not pass at Corn Congress. “Changes or improvements to the Title One safety net for commodities generally comes with a price tag. In South Dakota, our intent for the resolution is to make this type of an improvement in a fiscally responsible manner.” Murray says agriculture is not immune from inflation on inputs. At some point, some of the older reference prices start to look low compared to the floor producers have to raise corn. “I think there is a renewed appreciation for those who aren’t involved in agriculture for the security to produce food in a reliable and safe manner.”
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