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Maura Bennett Colorado Corn Growers Looking for Permanent Disaster Programs
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: October 18, 2018

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Drought, hail, tariff battles, low prices and uncertainty over the new Farm Bill has Colorado corn growers and other farmers more than a little nervous about their futures.

Dave Eckhardt President of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and 4th generation farmer near Greeley tells Colorado Ag Today what they would really need right now is a permanent disaster program.

“Based on what Colorado has gone through the past three years, whether it be drought or hail, we’ve kind of been in the mixer around here. And it continued this year. And the inability to plan for and insure for those types of events a guy just can’t keep his head above water. The hope was in some form or fashion and permanent disaster program. We also lean more toward the planted acres more than base acres so we could shift a few acres to alternative crops but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”

A Farm Bill conference committee between the House and the Senate hasn’t been able to finish any titles of the bill and both houses of Congress have left Washington until Nov. 13.

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