What about wheat?
Paul Penner 03/02/2012 @ 12:48am
Thanks for your coverage of the issues regarding farm bill legislation at the Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tennessee.
Something is missing in the dialogue regarding important policy matters, however. There's no mention of wheat and what is important to wheat producers. Other than the headline and the fourth paragraph suggesting that all commodity groups, including wheat have united as one voice on crop insurance, a reading of the rest of the article only reports on matters vitally important to Corn and Soybeans while it downplays one particularly important component of the safety net for wheat, the direct payment.
If one were to take the spirit of unity and cooperation seriously, why is it necessary to call attention to the one issue that remains in contention? If one were to read "between the lines" as it were, one might conclude there's little need for concern by this "slight of hand" approach to saying one thing and doing something else.
In the spirit of unity and cooperation, perhaps it would be appropriate to interview a leader or two from the Wheat industry. The leadership team of the National Association of Wheat Growers would be happy to schedule an interview to shed some light on issues that are of vital importance to wheat farmers that read your fine publication.
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