Growers anxious, it's crunch time for next generation of farm legislation.
With only two years left on the Freedom to Farm Act, Iowa farmers are calling on Congress to start work on a new bill. Both of Iowa's U.S. Senators - Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley - say that negotiations should begin well before Freedom to Farm expires.
The bill was designed to provide decreasing payments to farmers who produce corn and soybeans. Started in 1996, it will end in 2002 - a time when farmers were expected to be on their own in the world market.
"The original goal of the Freedom to Farm Act was to move agriculture out of the control of government to allow individuals to plant what their crop planning shows and what their land was capable of producing, and not be tied to a certain crop because it was subsidized by the government," said Ernie Glienke, an active farmer and dairyman near Aurelia.
Read the rest of this article in the 1/06 Pilot Tribune.