Farm bill victory sets stage for House work

06/29/2012 08:57:00 AM
Tom Stenzel

 

Addressing another United priority, this bill includes an amendment, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which calls for a feasibility study of insurance products that could cover recalls, quarantines and market disruptions.

United has been advocating for USDA to look into the possibility of a specially-crafted insurance solution for produce food safety events.

When a high-profile recall or outbreak causes an entire commodity market to shut down, this can be just as costly as any weather disaster, but insurance for such losses is too costly or unavailable.

This amendment is a small but significant first step toward crafting an insurance option that can help produce industry companies better manage this risk.

Now, our attention focuses on the House Agriculture Committee as it begins its deliberation on its own farm bill.

We’ve already been working hard with House members, so we have some idea that this is going to be a tough road.

Not all of our programs are likely to be funded or receive the same level of support as in the Senate, so we have to work doubly hard to move forward.

Every industry voice, especially in this election year, makes a difference.

Mark your calendars now to attend United’s Washington Public Policy Conference.

Tom Stenzel is president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.

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