Farm Bill as National Security Issue

Farmers and farm advocacy organizations are ramping up the pressure on Senators and Representatives, portraying a failure to pass a new farm bill as a threat to America’s national security.
For the last several years, even in the midst of one of the worst economic downturns in recent history, agriculture has been one of the stronger parts of the US economy. With production high, farm incomes at near record levels, and foreign exports boosting revenue, farming has been one major bright spot in an overall sluggish economy.
While farm production is an important part of the economy, it also allows the United States to be independent of foreign food imports. High production allows farmers to simultaneously export their crops while also feeding American consumers.
International food dependence, particularly in the middle of a severe climatological crisis, can put tremendous strain on a nation’s government, leading to political instability.
Many farmers are harping on this independence as an important element of national security. Without crop insurance, for example, they point out that many farmers would have gone out of business last summer, driving down the food supply and potentially forcing the US to rely on food imports to offset losses. Passing a new farm bill, therefore, is more than a rural concerns, but one that relates to Americans everywhere.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer