LUBBOCK, Texas — The White House today released its FY2018 proposed budget, which details the elimination of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and steep cuts to crop insurance and other farm policies like conservation and foreign market development important to farmers and the sorghum industry.
National Sorghum Producers Chairman Don Bloss, a sorghum producer from Pawnee City, Nebraska, released the following statement in response:
“In view of the hard times in farm and ranch country right now with a 50 percent drop in net farm income in just four years and the fact that the current farm bill is on target to save taxpayers $104 billion, four times what was pledged when it was enacted into law, National Sorghum Producers urges Congress to craft a responsible budget that will enable the agriculture committees to develop and pass a strong new farm bill on time. Additionally, departments like ARPA-E have breathed new life into sorghum progressing our understanding of sorghum genetics, and continuation of the department’s work stands to benefit all commodities, representing innovation and steps forward in crop technology that further position U.S. agriculture as a leader in feeding, fueling and clothing our growing world.”
NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers and serves as the voice of the sorghum industry coast to coast through legislative representation, regulatory representation and education. To learn more about NSP, visit www.sorghumgrowers.com.