Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts took part in a discussion on the Senate floor this week about the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation. The Kansas Republican pointed out that failure to do so would not only hurt already-struggling farmers, ranchers, and growers, it would jeopardize the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill programs.

“The 2018 Farm Bill provides essential programs to producers that allow them to mitigate some of the risks that are outside of their control,” Roberts said. “Many of the programs are implemented through the authority and the annual funding Congress provided to the CCC.”

Roberts stressed to his colleagues that now is not the time for political gamesmanship.

“If Congress doesn’t replenish the CCC, it could significantly harm or even halt these important programs,” Roberts added. “Farmers, ranchers, and others in farm country are counting on us to do our job.”

He added that even during COVID-19, U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to hold up their end of the bargain by producing crops for the world’s safest and most affordable food supply.

Senators from North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Mississippi participated in this week's discussion.

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