“With the advancements and innovation of biotechnology, we have moved from a culture of scarcity to one of abundance,” said Niemeyer. “This year alone, we will produce the third largest crop in U.S. history even with possibly the most widespread adverse weather in memory.

“If we would have still been planting 1980 seed varieties, I can’t imagine what kind of terrible yield results we would be seeing. We have several new events coming on-line soon, including drought resistance and nitrogen reducing hybrids. This is how we continue to grow our markets and to keep up with increasing demand.”

Niemeyer stressed that his highest priority in 2012 will be the drafting of a farm bill that continues to protect growers from loss due to adverse weather, crop disease and volatile markets.

 “The foundation of the farm bill’s safety net is an effective and affordable crop insurance program,” he said.

“However, crop insurance in its current format leaves gaps in farmers’ risk management plans. Therefore, we will be working with members of both the House and Senate to develop a more complimentary revenue-based program to fill those gaps.”

Noting that the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management program developed by Senators Brown, Thune, Durbin and Lugar offers a streamlined, simplified option while also improving its overall responsiveness, he went on to explain that he will also place a high priority on passage of the pending trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and Korea.

Finally, Niemeyer commended efforts to improve consumer knowledge on important subjects including ethanol and food production, including the NASCAR partnership and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

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