Bringing the Heat

Bringing the Heat

Bringing the Heat. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Line On Agriculture.

Frustration is building in rural communities over the lack of a comprehensive farm bill being passed. Once again the deadline is looming and very little is being done other than a great deal of finger pointing. That frustration is building as members of Congress prepare to head to their home districts for the August recess.

MOORE: We’re going to be working throughout the month of August to bring the heat to, let them know how frustrated we are and hopefully we’ll see some results when they get back here in September.

Dale Moore is in charge of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation’s largest farm organization. He says their members are fed up with the roadblocks that are keeping three of their biggest legislative priorities from getting done.

MOORE: Basically it boils down to politics. As we look at particularly three of our key issues: the farm bill, agricultural labor and waterways improvement, we’ve seen the progress but we’ve encountered those political speed bumps on further progress. And frankly our farmers and ranchers are getting frustrated.

Moore says the point of this “Bring the Heat” campaign is to make sure that while members of Congress are in their home districts, they hear a clear message from their farm and ranch constituents.

MOORE: I need you to go back to Washington and let folks know that we’re tired of this, we’re frustrated with the political process that seems to get tangled up on things, that impedes the progress. For three of our priority issues all to be tied up it’s time that you feel the heat that we’re feeling. We want you to share that heat when you go back to Washington. We need to break the logjam and get it done.

That’s today’s Line On Agriculture. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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