Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of farmers who seek sound programs that balance their interests with those of consumers and taxpayers.
Reformers will promote the following changes to agriculture:
Consolidation of over a dozen uncoordinated programs into three: a trade distortion adjustment program; an income stabilization program; and an improved crop insurance program;
Reform of the transportation system so that products may be moved by any route, any mode and in any state of processing;
Improved private sector participation in research, education and job training;
Better targeting of research funds to meet the goals set out by farmers and agribusiness; and
Improved regulations relating to safety, fair competition and dispute settlement.
These changes and others will allow farmers to build a much brighter future.