2023 Farm Bill Priorities
Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Farm Bill Priorities
With the current farm bill set to expire on September 30, 2023, IFB has been working with members of the Illinois congressional delegation to ensure our priorities are included in the bill. Priorities for the farm bill come directly from the grassroots policy process and reflect the beliefs and ideas of our membership.
First and foremost, we hope to see a farm bill drafted and enacted before the year is over.
IFB believes the farm bill must:
- Maintain current crop insurance programming.
- Be WTO-compliant, provide price and revenue protection for farmers, and link nutrition and commodity programs.
- Maintain both SNAP and TEFAP in their current form.
Title 1 – Commodity programs
- Allowing farmers to update base acres and yields.
- Increased commodity loan rates.
- Inflation-adjusted farm program payment limits.
- Producers or landowners - subject to a new or a previous farm reconstitution - to combine farms or maintain an individual farm number.
- Producers who elect to include HPO should be allowed to receive the harvest price if it is higher on prevented plant acres.
- Dairy risk management programs that address negative price differentials; changing or eliminating state-by-state adjustment factors in Dairy -RP that greatly limited support to producers; improving the accuracy of the DMC feed price component; providing NASS with sufficient resources to estimate alfalfa prices more accurately.
Title II – Conservation Programs:
IFB supports improvements to USDA Conservation Programs including:
- Five-year CRP contracts.
- A flexible, renewable one-year program that pays rates like CRP that incentivize nutrient loss reduction and other programs that incentivize water quality improvements.
- Carbon sequestration incentives for farmers who use cover crops.
- A new water quality credit for producers.
- Using CSP to reward operators for practices they have already adopted and allow them to earn more points for maintaining practices over time.
- Hiring more conservation engineers.
- Providing additional flexibility for harvesting cover crops for feed during normal growing conditions.
Title XI – Crop Insurance:
- Creation of a local or state-farmer committee to hear farmer appeals of RMA decisions on overspray and planting dates or on any decision that adversely impacts crop insurance policy holders.
IFB members talk with House Agriculture Committee member, Representative Mike Bost (IL-12),
on the importance of maintaining crop insurance programming. (March 2023)
IFB members talk with House Agriculture Committee member, Representative Nikki Budzinski (IL-13),
on the importance of keeping the nutrition title in the farm bill. (March 2023)
IFB members met with Representative Darin LaHood (IL-16) on the importance of passing a
farm bill in 2023 & other IFB farm bill priorities. (March 2023)
IFB members met with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and discussed the importance of the crop
insurance safety net and what it would mean for their farms if that safety net were taken away. (March 2023).