McIntyre Delivers Key North Carolina Priorities in Farm Bill Passage
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Congressman McIntyre stated, "Agriculture is a mainstay of the
A number of key policies were included in the House Farm Bill as a result of Congressman McIntyre's advocacy.
-Safety Net for Peanut Producers: Congressman McIntyre worked with Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson to include a traditional price-triggered counter cyclical type farm safety net program as an option for producers that sets a statutory target price for peanuts. The crop insurance program does not function effectively for peanut growers which is why a yield focused revenue program fails to provide adequate protection. The backstop of a program based on a standard target price provides an option that gives the predictability peanut growers need and cannot attain from other policies considered in the Farm Bill process.
-Livestock Disaster Program: Congressman McIntyre worked with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee to include a full reauthorization of the Livestock Indemnity Program, an important tool to help livestock producers survive disaster events that cause livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather. This program, which is an integral component of the agricultural safety net, will be reauthorized to provide a backstop to producers who experience severe hardship.
-Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act: Legislation that Congressman McIntyre cosponsored was included in the Farm Bill which to eliminate costly and duplicative permitting requirements for pesticide applications. Pesticides are vital to modern agricultural productions.
-Energy Efficiency: Congressman McIntyre was able to include in the bill a provision to enable the Rural Utilities Service at
-Whole Farm Insurance Policy: Congressman McIntyre was able to include to the Farm Bill a policy that, for the first time, will allow for whole farm insurance. Under this policy, diversified farms will have the option to insure their entire operations with one policy instead of purchasing many different policies for the variety of crops they grow or agricultural endeavors they undertake. The policy will result in no additional cost to the federal government, will lower costs for producers and increase efficiencies in specialty crop insurance by allowing producers a no hassle option for insuring against risks.
-Specialty Crop Enhancements:
In addition, Congressman McIntyre led the effort to try and increase funding to address the water and wastewater infrastructure needs of rural communities.
The 2012 Farm Bill that was passed by the
Congressman McIntyre worked with Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson to craft the producer choice risk management option included in the House bill. Under the House crafted Farm Bill, producers will be able to choose between a Price Loss Coverage risk management tool and a Revenue Loss Coverage risk management tool. The Price Loss Coverage is a counter cyclical target price program and is a risk management tool better suited for
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