01-10-19 Inside the 2018 Farm Bill from Colorado Corn’s Perspective with Public Policy Chair Dave Cure…

Inside the 2018 Farm Bill from Colorado Corn’s Perspective with Public Policy Chair Dave Cure…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – January 10, 2019 – The “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” is now the law of the land, following President Donald Trump’s signature on December 20th in a ceremony at the White House where numerous agriculture organizations were on hand, including National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp, who even received one of the ceremonial signing pens from the President. SO, how did the 2018 Farm Bill get to this point? It all started several months ago when members of both the US House & Senate Agriculture Committees held listening sessions across the country, including here in Colorado. FAST FORWARD to Dec 10th…that’s when the text of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was released to the public; and just 2 days later, on Dec 11th the Senate passed the legislation on a bipartisan vote of 87 to 13. Just a day after that, on Dec 12th, the House passed the legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 369 to 47. The 2018 Farm Bill journey came to an end and  was signed into law, as I mentioned earlier,  by President Donald Trump on Dec 20th So, what’s in the 5-year…$867 Million dollar Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 within the 807 pages? And how does it impact agriculture producers across the nation? And those here in Colorado?

For the purpose of this interview, I’ll be focusing on what’s in the 2018 Farm Bill as it pertains to the corn industry and Colorado’s Corn farmers and joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is Dave Cure, Colorado Corn Growers Association, who serves as Public Policy Chair from District 6 out of Stratton, CO…

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COLORADO CORN, BASED IN GREELEY, IS MADE UP OF THE COLORADO CORN ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE AND THE COLORADO CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION. THE COLORADO CORN ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE (CCAC) OVERSEES HOW COLORADO’S CORN CHECK-OFF DOLLARS (ONE PENNY PER BUSHEL OF GRAIN CORN PRODUCED IN COLORADO) ARE INVESTED IN RESEARCH, MARKET DEVELOPMENT, OUTREACH AND OTHER VARIOUS ENDEAVORS. THE COLORADO CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION (CCGA) IS COMPRISED OF DUES-PAYING MEMBERS WHO ARE POLITICALLY ACTIVE, FOCUSING ON POLICY THAT IMPACTS CORN PRODUCERS AND AGRICULTURE IN GENERAL. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS AT WWW.COLORADOCORN.COM.