Statement on Defeat of Reid Sequestration Alternative Proposal

The Agricultural Council of Arkansas issued the following statement regarding the defeat of the Reid sequestration alternative proposal (S. 388).


For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 28, 2013



Andrew Grobmyer, the Executive Vice President of the Agriculture Council of Arkansas, issued the following statement on behalf of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas:

“The Agricultural Council of Arkansas appreciates Senator Pryor and Senator Boozman for making the right decision to vote against the Reid proposal (S. 388) that would have eliminated the direct payment program as part of a “Sequestration Alternative.”  We were pleased to see this ill-advised proposal be defeated.  Forcing Arkansas farmers to shoulder our nation’s budget deficit on their own is a bad idea.  Congress should not eliminate important farm programs without providing viable alternative risk management tools for Arkansas farmers. We would hope that Congress would be wise enough to find better solutions to address the challenges facing our nation’s budget.  If enacted, S. 388 would have caused substantial harm to farmers, rural banks and agribusinesses, and rural economies in Arkansas.”

About the Agricultural Council of Arkansas

The Agricultural Council of Arkansas (ACA) is a non-profit trade association committed to telling the story of row crop agriculture in Arkansas, advocating on behalf of farmers and the agriculture industry, and improving rural economies.

The ACA has promoted agriculture and advocated on behalf of Arkansas farmers since 1939.

The ACA’s membership is composed of family farms, agriculture related businesses, and others supportive of agriculture in Arkansas.  ACA members strive to advance policies that will ensure the continued success of agriculture in our state.

Contact: Andrew Grobmyer, Executive Vice President (501) 376-0455