Ignoring the World Trade Organization when writing a farm bill amounts to letting the WTO set
The farm bill, which is recast every six years as the underlying legislation that guides all
Johanns told the
"It makes no sense to write farm policy that paints a bulls-eye on the back of our farmers," he says. Scrutiny by the organization is a fact of life in international trade, and ignoring it in the ongoing revision of farming legislation is not wise, Johanns said.
"We're either going to write our policies in the
The secretary, a former governor of
"Two years ago, when I was governor, I read articles on the tremendous surpluses of corn," Johanns says. "There was a lot of worry about price and expectations of a bumper crop."
He said people thought then that farmers were going to have to store some of the corn surplus in their spare bedrooms, but that didn't turn out to be the case, as rising demand for ethanol drove an increase in corn prices.
"Although we don't know what growing conditions will be like, we're looking at a very large crop of corn," Johanns says. "This is the marketplace working."
Source: Associated Press report