OVER 41 YEARS OF USDA EXPERIENCE
What I Offer
WITH OVER 41 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AT THE USDA, A VETERAN OF 7 FARM BILLS, WORKING ALONGSIDE 12 SECRETARIES OF AGRICULTURE, I CAN:
- Help create your farm bill proposals
- Write strategic talking points
- Build relationships with Congressional staff
- Draft legislative language and amendments
- Cost out proposals
- Explain the pros and cons of proposed legislation
- Provide technical expertise and background material for your organization’s meetings.
Are you ready for the next farm bill?
After promoting the interests of America’s farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness at the US Department of Agriculture, I created my consulting company to continue my 41-year legacy. I have seen it all, both bad times and good times. I began my career the same month the grain embargo was established against the Soviet Union. That led to the 1980s farm bust, when surplus production, combined with heavy debt and record-high interest rates caused many farmers to declare bankruptcy, and lose their farms. I helped implement supply controls to dig the US out of the mountains of grain owned by the Commodity Credit Corporation. Many questioned the effectiveness of production controls, fearing that they would expand overseas production. These controls led to the concept of “freedom to farm”, allowing the market to determine supply and demand. This is where we are today.
Recent times have been tough for agriculture. Trade restrictions and the coronavirus disrupted demand and the supply chain. This may be behind us because commodity prices are approaching record levels again. But we all know prices will not stay there. I have seen $1.50 corn and over $8.00 corn. What industry can survive that?
You know the uncertainties facing agriculture and agribusiness. But what is certain is that Congress and the Administration will be working together to enact legislation to modify the existing safety net programs that provide key support when weather and government policies disrupt a farmer’s best plans. That will include The 2023 farm bill will be the next major piece of legislation. In farm bill years, that is right around the corner.
….And that is where I can step in and help your organization.