|On Monday, USRPA Past Chairman and current board member Alex Clark gave testimony during the U.S. House Ag Committee's Listening Session at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, MO. Hosted by Congressman Mark Alford (MO-4), the session included both federal and state officials, including House Agriculture Committee chair Glen "GT" Thompson (PA-15), Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3), Representative Monica De La Cruz (TX-15) and Representative Jonathan Jackson (IL-1).|
Clark thanked the Congressional members for the $250 million Rice Production Program and emphasized the importance of the Farm Bill, particularly the commodity support programs and export development programs such as the Market Access Program. "As we move deeper into this Farm Bill season and closer to its expiration in September, we want to reaffirm that for rice farmers this is the most important piece of legislation," Clark said. "Current economics of rice production are dire because of the failure of the rice market to reflect current input costs of production. As a result, rice producers must rely even more heavily on the safety net benefits authorized in the farm bill."