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Conservative groups say it's time for farmers to compete in marketplace

Government should "free up farmers and ranchers from excessive federal government intervention."

Fifteen conservative groups have united to urge lawmakers to "free up farmers and ranchers from excessive federal government intervention.” 

The groups say it's time to allow farmers to compete in the marketplace.

"We believe that it is long overdue to place faith in American farmers and treat them with the respect they deserve as sophisticated and innovative business leaders," the letter reads. "Farmers - especially those with operations with a million dollars or more in sales that account for most agricultural production - are more than capable of competing in the marketplace."

The 15 groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill on April 12, 2017, outlining their priorities for the next farm bill and pledging to be active in the debate. 

The 15 groups:

  1. American Commitment
  2. Americans for Prosperity
  3. Campaign for Liberty
  4. Club for Growth
  5. Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
  6. FreedomWorks
  7. Heritage Action for America
  8. John Locke Foundation
  9. National Center for Public Policy Research
  10. National Taxpayers Union
  11. Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
  12. R Street Institute
  13. Rio Grande Foundation
  14. Taxpayers for Common Sense
  15. Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Their farm bill priorities

  1. "Farmers should be allowed to compete freely in the marketplace. Like other businesses, farmers should be able to reap the rewards of competition. By removing existing interventionist policies that attempt to insulate farmers from market forces, such as low prices, the federal government will allow farmers to better respond to the market."
  2. "At most, the federal government should only provide risk-related assistance for uncontrollable natural events. It is one thing to protect farmers from major crop losses and quite another to protect them from less-than-expected revenue. Any type of risk-related federal assistance should only be provided if there has been a major crop loss, such as from severe weather." 
  3. "Federal agricultural policy should not be a source of cronyism. Federal programs should not benefit favored special interests at the expense of other agricultural producers, consumers, taxpayers or other industries."

Source: Heritage Action

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