Input Costs Bill Pt 2

Input Costs Bill Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. HB 8069 is the recently introduced Reducing Farm Input Costs and Barriers to Production Act.

Supporters like U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse says what we’re asking of farmers is just too much and, whether you’re young or old, Republican or Democrat, we all have to eat …

NEWHOUSE … “That’s exactly right. This should not be a partisan issue. It shouldn’t be a Republican, Democrat issue. It’s no secret that there are potential food shortages throughout the world and the United States is not going to be any exception.”

The global disruptions of essential food products, Newhouse

says is hitting everyone…

NEWHOUSE … “Anybody that’s gone to the grocery store lately certainly knows that the price of food is going up. We need to be as responsive as we can to make sure that farmers are not unduly burdened as they try to move forward and produce the necessary food for our country.”

And that, Newhouse says is what this bill would try and do …

NEWHOUSE … “Expand the effort for small farms, for family farms, for the American agriculture industry in general and allow them to do what they do best is the best way that we can make sure the industry remains successful in this really challenging time and that farmers can do their part to help feed the world.”

Newhouse says the regulatory burdens take energy away from doing the work farmers should be doing in order to be productive.

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