In the current Farm Bill we must build on the strengths of American agriculture and promote investments in research, marketing and conservation. The government must use those investments to leverage the industry and family farm dollars paid to crop commissions to bolster further excellent innovation and research. These public-private partnerships are critical in solving the most significant challenges our farmers are currently facing.
A good Farm Bill should pave the way for the future of American agriculture, not revel in the past. If American agriculture is to remain the standard bearer of how agriculture should benefit a society it must present itself in a better light to the American public. We must continue to understand the importance of value added production of specialty crops, invest in research opportunities and appropriate insurance support for farmers with a suitable amount of skin in the game. The future of American agriculture rests on these ideas to produce the best quality food in the world in the safest manner possible.
Rep. Schrader (D-Ore.) is a member of the House Agriculture Committee.