“As you know these things have been combined for decades and they’ve been combined for practical reasons,” Loebsack said, referencing his fellow Iowa Congressmen and Senators. “All of us believe it’s not practical to get a farm bill per say without keeping these together.”
The bill is critical to farmers as it contains provisions on crop insurance and conservation.
“Especially after last year, you would have had people belly-up. Crop insurance helped everyone survive,” Elvira farmer Curt Allen said.
Clinton County farmers also told Loebsack the conservation parts of the bill are important, especially due to shipping their products along the Mississippi River. The group also discussed other agriculture issues affecting farmers, such as renewable fuel source legislation and tax breaks for purchasing equipment.
After the talk on the farm bill, Loebsack fielded a question on a potential war with Syria, the Middle Eastern country suspected of using chemical weapons against its own people, an international war crime.
“I have a lot of concerns, certainly with boots on the ground. I also have a lot of concerns about even any kind of air strikes and doing any of this without any kind of significant international support from other countries,” Loebsack said.
“I think we need to be really cautious and think really hard and if the president’s serious about using military force, I hope that he will consult Congress and I would like to see us called back into session,” he added.