Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Letter to the Editor – Whitfield Fighting for Family Farms

letter editor1 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (7/19/13) – The following is a letter to the editor submitted to SurfKY News from Congressman Ed Whitfield.
 
Farming is a way of life in western Kentucky. From corn and soybeans to hay and livestock, Kentucky’s farmers put food on the tables of families across the Commonwealth and across our country. That is why it is so important that the people in Washington give these farmers the stability and certainty they deserve by passing a new long-term Farm Bill.
 
Just last week, the House of Representatives passed with my support a long-term Farm Bill, known formally as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act. This sets agriculture and food policies across the country and is critical to farmers. Most importantly, it also provides crop insurance and risk management for those who make a living on the land.
 
When you drive across Kentucky, you will pass many different farms growing many different crops. While the crops are different, one thing that is the same is the risk farmers take to grow their crops. Just like a family would purchase insurance after investing in a new home or a new automobile, it is important for farmers to be able to have access to insurance for investing in new crops. Farmers can’t predict the future, and have no way to control the weather. We saw this firsthand last summer with the devastating drought, and with crippling floods in past years. The ability for farmers to have access to crop insurance gives them the peace of mind of knowing that they won’t lose their farm for circumstances out of their control. While insurance doesn’t make them whole, it will help their farm survive – much like families file an insurance claim after sustaining damage to their homes or automobiles.
 
I believe we must do everything we can to ensure that we do not rely on other countries for our food and fiber needs, which is why it is important that there are certain safety nets in place to protect our family farms. I believe a long-term farm bill is necessary because it provides our farmers certainty and saves a considerable amount of money compared to extending the old and outdated 2008 farm bill.
 
When it comes to government spending these days, almost everyone would agree that we need to find ways to do more with less. The Farm Bill does just that by: saving approximately $20 billion, including $6 billion in sequestration; the repeal or consolidation of more than 100 programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, including direct payments; and eliminating and streamlining the duplicative and overlapping conservation program.
 
Now that the bill passed in the House, it will now go to a conference committee with the Senate to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill before being sent to the President’s desk for a signature. Since neither the House nor Senate bill is perfect, it is my hope that these recent actions will result in a long term solution on both the Farm title and the food stamp and nutrition titles that can be signed into law before the old law expires at the end of the year.
 
I have met with numerous Kentucky farmers and I understand just how important the Farm Bill is to these producers, both as a safety net in hard times and as a framework for federal support of our farming industry. This legislation will give Kentucky farmers the tools that they need to keep producing affordable products for American consumers, and for people all over the world, while bringing more money into Kentucky's economy.
 
It only makes sense that we get a long term solution passed, because when it is all said and done, everyone benefits from low-cost, high quality food.
 
Ed Whitfield


Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Paducah Representatives Invited to Attend International Culture & Design Industry Expo in China

PADUCAH, (4/15/14) — Mayor Gayle Kaler and Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Mary Hammond will be… Read More

Madisonville Traffic Advisory

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/16/14) — West Broadway Street will be closed from Main Street to the CSX railroad crossing 5 a.m.… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 16, 2014 17270

UPDATE- Sheriff's Office Following Leads…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 14, 2014 5637

U.S. Bank Hanson on Lockdown Due to Bomb…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 14, 2014 5047

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 13, 2014 4303

One Dead in Two Vehicle Head On Collision

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 12, 2014 2722

One Injured in Two Vehicle Accident in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 14, 2014 5047

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 13, 2014 4303

One Dead in Two Vehicle Head On Collision

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 12, 2014 2722

One Injured in Two Vehicle Accident in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 15, 2014 2718

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 2192

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Drug…

in Top Stories by Lori Blakeley

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 14, 2014 1583

Grow Garden Grow - Spring Has Sprung

in News by Barbara Cecil Russ
April 13, 2014 890

Two Daviess County Men Busted for…

in Top Stories by Scott Gibbs
April 15, 2014 855

Owensboro Police Investigate Auto Accident

in News by Michael Hathaway
April 15, 2014 672

Owensboro Parks Offers Tennis Lessons

in News by Britni Bunn
April 14, 2014 558

Owensboro Health Hosts Tours for…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 13, 2014 2533

Muhlenberg 4-H is Buzzing

in Top Stories by Janie Culton
April 14, 2014 1924

MCC Staff Shares Good News with…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 1145

'Walk Right Back' An Everly Brother's…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 1097

Local MCHS Students Train at Job Corps

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
April 15, 2014 911

Thumbpickers Unite at Mose Rager Day

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03