“It’s just an idea that’s a lot easier to say, ‘Oh, this is going to be a big change for us.’
I don’t think you want to talk about the endgame for a few more years.”
“I don’t know what they’re thinking,” said Mark Stokes, who co-founded the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, an organization that helps farmers improve their systems.
“I think they think it will make more money, but they also have to be realistic about the time frame.”
He said he believes the time will come when farmers will want to continue to farm for more than a decade.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to release a report in the next few months that will include recommendations for how to implement the 2020 Farm Bill.
The bill’s biggest impact, however, may be on the agribusiness industry.
Farmers will have to rethink how they farm if the legislation is implemented, said Michael Bier, executive director of the Cooperative Agriculture Policy Center, a nonprofit group that advocates for more farmers-owned businesses.
“If you look at the agri-business sector, they’re still in a pretty strong position, they have an enormous amount of flexibility and power in terms of their operations,” Bier said.
The agribuses plan to keep farming in the face of some of the biggest changes in agriculture.
Farmers could lose a lot of their jobs, the bill will mean more pesticides are used, and there may be a reduction in the availability of corn and soybeans, said Jeffery Bresnahan, president of the Agri-food Industry Council.
The impact of the changes could be felt in the food supply, too.
Farmers who sell corn and other crops could be forced to switch to other crops, or even close their operations entirely.
“That’s going to affect all of the food, including the food that people want to eat,” Bresnsanahan said.
“The food industry has been a very successful, growing industry in terms on income, and it’s going be a very tough time for the ag-industry to adapt to these changes.”
“The most important thing for farmers is to keep selling our crops, because that’s what we’re good at.
But if you’re selling less than you need to be selling, then you’ve got a hard time doing it,” Biere said.
And there’s a risk of the bill being used as a way to undermine U.P.A. efforts to protect and protect our planet.
Biere, a former federal ag regulator, said the agricultural bill has become an “ag-and-pipeline” bill that encourages the industry to push for more and more pesticides and chemicals.
He said farmers need to realize they’ll be losing a lot if they sell their crops as soon as the bill takes effect.
“It will have a big impact on the future of the agricultural sector,” Biers said.
Agriculture groups and some Republicans have said the bill could undermine farmers’ ability to compete with the global food and chemical giants, which are using agricultural techniques to boost yields.
But the ag sector says that’s not true.
“We know that ag-tech is the fastest growing industry,” said Scott Kopp, president and CEO of the American Farm Bureau Federation, an industry trade group.
“So it’s a natural extension of the ag industry’s business model.”
Agri-tech companies have a vested interest in the bill, Kopp said.
Farmers are trying to save the crop they’ve been cultivating for generations, but with the help of the technology they’ve never been able to compete.
“It’s an important bill that’s been passed,” Kopp added.
“But we’re not going to see a wholesale change in the industry that we’re already seeing.”