By Matt Reese
The squeaky wheel gets the grease, they say. And, right now, the wheels of federal farm programs are running smoothly, which may not bode well for the farm bill and agricultural funding amid the tight budget situation.
Agriculture is one of the few areas that has been proactive in light of the budget concerns in Washington, D.C. Joe Shultz, senior economist for the U.S. Senate Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, told attendees at the Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium back in mid-December about how agriculture tried to do its part in the failed Super Committee.
“Only one committee in the U.S. Congress stepped up and worked to create a reasonable plan to save money – the House and Senate Ag Committees,” Shultz said. “The thing that makes me proud to work in ag is that we were the only committee to come together on a bipartisan basis and give our fair share.