Washington — USDA Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse told NCA members at this week’s annual NCA Washington Forum that passage of the Farm Bill is pertinent to their business at home and abroad.
He said: “It will be difficult if we don't have a Farm Bill passed in the very near future to keep the MAP programs funded. Our businesses in the U.S. are second to none and we want to expand our markets. Your companies are important to the economy.”
As a testament to U.S. producers, Scuse revealed that U.S. consumers spend 6.4 percent of their disposable income on food products, the lowest in the world.
Sugar reform co-sponsors Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) spoke at the event as well, saying the industry has made great progress in attempting to reform the sugar program and expressed the need for continued pressure.
Also during the Forum, NCA members held meetings with their Congressional representatives to discuss issues impacting the industry, especially sugar reform.