11 Jan 2013 - More Advice for Congress

Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today! Countless times while growing up on the dairy farm I heard that from my parents, telling me “Do not put off until tomorrow, what you can do today”, whether it was my school work, or cleaning out calf pens or whatever other task I had been assigned. Come to think of it, I’m still hearing it today….from my wife!

Apparently members of Congress have never heard that saying, or if they have, they ignore it. Congress is constantly putting off, until tomorrow, something they should be doing today. The Fiscal Cliff…yes, it was averted, but it was not solved! The problems that are ingredients in the Fiscal Cliff are still with us. Congress once again simply delayed action, as they have several times during the past year on the Fiscal Cliff problems. Congress also delayed other very important legislation…the Farm Bill, yes the Farm Bill - Delayed again! Congress did not get it done last year; the question now is, will they get it done this year, and if so, when?

The frustration in the agricultural community in this country is, I think, summed up very well by Pam Johnson, the President of the National Corn Growers Association, who when 2012 came to an end said this. . . “America’s farmers have clearly made known the importance and need of a new farm bill in 2012. Once again, Congress’ failure to act pushed agriculture aside, hampering farmers’ ability to make sound business decisions for the next five years. The National Corn Growers Association is tired of the endless excuses and lack of accountability. The system is clearly broken.

We hope the 113th Congress proves to be more fruitful and that the leaders in Congress can place petty partisanship aside to create a bill that benefits all of America.”

Well, I like her optimism in that final statement, but I would suggest we in agriculture not hold our breath. Congress has proven time and again that it loves to put off until tomorrow what it should be doing today! If those of us who work for a living had performed this poorly, we would have been fired years ago. Time to convince the members of Congress to change their ways! And we do that at the ballot box.

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