Biden visits Illinois farm, pledges to help farmers
Appearing at a family farm in Illinois, President Biden announced Wednesday that his administration would give farmers additional tools and resources to boost agricultural production and maintain global food security.
The announcement comes as the administration works to help American farmers, consumers and food-insecure communities around the world who are feeling the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“American corn growers continue to feed and feed the world even as they face challenges from the war in Ukraine and high input costs,” said National Corn Growers Association CEO Jon Doggett, who attended the announcement. “We appreciate the efforts of President Biden and the USDA to help farmers address these challenges, and the recognition of the key role farmers play in providing solutions.”
During his announcement, Biden pledged to:
-Increase the number of counties eligible for double crop insurance, which will allow farmers to plant a second crop on the same land in the same year, helping to boost production without relying on farmers to replace crops or cultivate new land .
-Reduce costs for farmers by increasing technical assistance for technology-driven precision agriculture, resulting in less fertilizer use without reducing yields.
-Double previously announced funding for domestic fertilizer production to ensure accessibility of this essential input for producers.
Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of administration efforts to help reduce costs for American farmers and consumers. In April, the president visited an ethanol plant in Iowa to announce the administration’s expansion of full market access for higher-grade ethanol blends during the summer months, increasing fuel supply through increased use of low-cost, low-emission ethanol.
Source: National Association of Corn Producers