Grassley: Iowan testified at senate ag hearing
February 26, 2015
Sen. Chuck Grassley today welcomed Clay Mitchell of Buckingham, Iowa, to testify at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry regarding "The Agricultural Act of 2014 implementation after one year and Farm Credit Administration pending nominations."
"This hearing provided a very necessary opportunity for Congress to hear how policies made and enacted in Washington impact those they directly affect, like Mr. Mitchell," Grassley said. "I thank Mr. Mitchell for his testimony today. I was especially impressed with the methods he uses to improve soil quality on his farm. Farmers like Mr. Mitchell are often ignored by critics of modern agriculture who want to tarnish the reputation of the industry."
Mitchell testified as part of a panel of producers who utilize various programs in the farm bill. His testimony focused on the 2014 farm bill and several of its programs including: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), crop insurance, the Conservation Reserve Program, and wetland mitigation. Mitchell shared his experience with the 2014 farm bill from the perspective of a corn and soybean farmer from Iowa. Video of Mitchell's testimony can be found here.
Mitchell owns and farms 2,500 acres of corn and soybeans in Northeast Iowa. Mitchell's farm is known to be highly innovative in the use of technology and was the first farm in the Midwest to use auto-steering in tractors. His farm has been featured as a "Farm of the Future" by Time Magazine.