WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Energy and Rural Development, released the following statement calling on Congress to act in a bipartisan way to replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).
“Iowa farmers are facing significant challenges right now between COVID-19, a derecho, and a drought. The last thing they need is for Congress to strip away essential supports they’ve come to rely upon. For over three decades Congress has acted in an overwhelmingly bipartisan way to replenish a fund that supports the bipartisan Farm Bill programs – key issues like conservation and dairy programs, and so much more. This is no time for political games. I’m calling on all of my farm state colleagues in the House and the Senate – Republicans and Democrats – to stand with farmers and demand this support be included in the upcoming government funding bill.”
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) includes support for farm income stabilization, livestock programs, conservation efforts, and dairy supports. Senator Ernst worked with her colleagues on a bipartisan basis to ensure the 2018 Farm Bill included these important programs to help support farmers and producers in Iowa and across the country. Last week, Ernst spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to replenish funds for the CCC to support the programs Iowa farmers and producers depend on.