National agricultural policy should be oriented to a free, private enterprise competitive market system. TCFA opposes policies that guarantee profit and restrict the operation of the competitive marketplace. Private enterprise alternatives in marketing and risk management should be developed and encouraged as the preferred alternative to government programming. Every effort should be made to develop an integrated domestic-foreign trade policy, which encourages reciprocity, comparative advantage, elimination of unfair trade restrictions and movement toward private enterprise and free markets.
Any commodity program must include thorough consideration of the impact of subsidies and guarantees for given commodities on other commodity sectors and on domestic and foreign markets before the program is adopted.
It is not in the national, farm or individual producer interest to vest the government with authority to set prices, underwrite inefficient production or manipulate domestic supply, demand, cost or price.
TCFA strongly opposes direct cash payments to any segment of the livestock industry for the purpose of offsetting low market prices except for payments made for natural disasters and efforts to establish commodity/revenue insurance programs in lieu of emergency disaster programs.
Government policy should enhance the individual’s right of free choice in land use, soil conservation, water conservation, wildlife habitat, energy use and development, as long as the individual minimizes accepted soil loss limits that are based upon sound science. State laws and individual private rights should be preeminent in the use of water and other natural resources.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) should focus on highly erodible acres and not be used as a tool to limit commodity production. TCFA supports haying and grazing of CRP in declared emergency situations.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) should remain eligible for producers of all sizes and income levels.