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US farmers lead charge in global hunger battle 2023
Kansas Ag Connection - 09/22/2023

Several agriculture groups, including the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, are showing gratitude. They're thanking Senators Mike Braun, Jon Tester, Roger Marshall, and Pete Ricketts for presenting the American Farmers Feed the World Act of 2023.

This new legislation in the U.S. Senate is bi-partisan and emphasizes the essence of the Food for Peace program. And here's the best part: It won't require more Farm Bill resources.

Groups like USW and NAWG are onboard. They, along with other agriculture leaders, see the Act as an opportunity. It’s a chance to utilize U.S.-grown goods to combat global hunger. It prevents using US taxpayer money to buy food from American wheat industry competitors.

Justin Gilpin, CEO of Kansas Wheat, expressed gratitude for Senator Marshall's support and highlighted the Food for Peace program's origins in Kansas, inspired by a local farmer's idea to extend US farmers' harvests to worldwide neighbors. Wheat alone donates 30 million bushels annually for food aid.

Peter Laudeman, from USW, conveyed excitement as both the Senate and House recognize the critical role of American farmers in international food aid. He believes that this Act is a crucial step to maintain the program's focus on efficiently delivering as much American-sourced food to the needy.

This promising Act made its debut in the U.S. House on June 22. Since then, organizations like USW and NAWG have teamed up with other agriculture groups. Their goal is to steer this legislation through the upcoming new Farm Bill.

Brent Cheyne, the National Association of Wheat Growers, believes the Farm Bill's reauthorization could redefine American agriculture's role in global hunger solutions, showcasing a commitment to food assistance and prioritizing American farmers.

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