NAWG Responds to Chairwoman Stabenow and Chairman Thompson’s Farm Bill Proposals

Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2024) – Today, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-15) each released their own five-year Farm Bill proposals. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Keeff Felty provided the following statement in response:

“It is great to see progress being made on a long-term Farm Bill. We are glad to see legislative summaries being put forward by both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to get a Farm Bill done in the 118th Congress. NAWG will continue reviewing these Farm Bill proposals and remain in contact with committee leaders and staff.”

“NAWG continues to advocate for a bill that works for our wheat growers and rural communities. Since identifying our Farm Bill priorities in June 2022, NAWG has advocated for a strong crop safety net, which protects crop insurance and works to enhance the Title I programs and crop insurance.”

“As the process continues, we urge the four corners to work together to pass a bill that can pass both chambers and get signed into law before the end of the year.”

NAWG will continue to underscore the need to get a Farm Bill done, which works for wheat growers and rural America. These priorities include:

  • Protecting crop insurance that serves as the cornerstone of the farm safety net.
  • Working to strengthen and enhance Title I and crop insurance to protect farmers better.
  • Supporting financial and technical assistance through voluntary conservation cost-share programs for producers in all climates and wheat-producing regions.
  • Encouraging additional investment in agricultural trade promotions and US commodities as part of the Farm Bill’s trade title.
  • Supporting wheat research programs authorized under the Farm Bill and robust funding as part of the annual appropriations process.

About NAWG

NAWG is the primary policy representative in Washington D.C. for wheat growers, working to ensure a better future for America’s growers, the industry and the general public. NAWG works with a team of 20 state wheat grower organizations to benefit the wheat industry at the national level. From their offices on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members, Administration officials and the public.