National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson testified this week before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to discuss risk management and commodities in the 2012 Farm Bill.

“Every family farmer, rancher and consumer benefits from a strong and effective safety net for commodities,” Johnson said. “Commodity prices do not remain high and do not always return a profit to our producers. When prices fall, and we know they will, it is critical that a price-based safety net be in place, because we know that long lasting drops in commodity prices and artificially high price peaks are harmful to the entire production supply chain, in both domestic and international markets.”