Vruwink Asking DATCP to Open CRP Acres for Struggling Farmers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/17/2013
The ranking member of the assembly's agriculture committee has an idea to help farmers who are falling behind on getting their crops planted because of the continuous wet weather. In a letter to State Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel, Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink suggested that opening acres currently enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program would provide options for those who are unable to plant their own fields.
"A response similar to the 2012 drought would have positive impact for many farmers, but will be greatest if implemented sooner rather than later," Vruwink wrote. "Additionally, working with federally administered crop insurance to allow harvest of prevent plant acreage prior to November 1 will provide dairy farmers with the feed they need later this year."
The Milladore Democrat says the copious rain, compounded by the cool temperatures, has had an negative impact on farmers' ability to plant their crops. She also cited statistics from last week's crop progress report, which put Wisconsin's corn crop at 74-percent complete. That number is usually at 99-percent for this time of year.
Vruwink adds that prevented planting insurance provides floor support for conditions like this, but does not provide sufficient assistance to dairy farmers, who need to grow feed for their animals.