Larry McGillis of PIA Crop Group Attends AACI Fall Meeting
Larry McGillis, a member of the PIA National Crop Insurance Working Group, attended the recent fall conference of the American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI). McGillis is President of the AAIC Agents Advisory Division. The three-day meeting agenda focused on the role of crop insurance in the next Farm Bill. The attendees met with all players involved in crop insurance. The group met with RMA Director Bill Murphy and with Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) House Ag Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).
Meanwhile, the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate agriculture committees have told the congressional supercommittee in charge of deficit reduction they will support a $23 billion reduction in the agriculture budget over 10 years in exchange for an opportunity to write a new five-year farm bill as part of the bill the supercommittee is supposed to send to Congress by December 23. The lawmakers said in a letter they would support a cut in agriculture spending of up to $23 billion, but that they would send recommendations on how to achieve those cuts by November 1. The agriculture committee leaders did not say in the letter that they want to write a new farm bill, but staff aides have been working furiously for weeks to try to prepare one and have been consulting farm lobbyists about what they would want — or at least could live with — in a new bill.
Read more on the AACI meeting: Ag Committee Leaders Support Cuts (Ag Week 10/24/2011)