The U.S. House is working its way through its own version of the 2012 Farm Bill. The hearings being held cover all the different titles of the measure. Wednesday, the House Ag Committee Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing to explore commodity programs and crop insurance. In his opening remarks, Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., says the committees are wrapping up final hearings before final work on the bill begins.

The work on crop insurance and Title I commodity programs is important. Lucas points to his own experience on an Oklahoma wheat operation: “Remember, I’m from the Southern Plains in a community where the historic rain average is somewhere between 24 and 28 inches. It usually comes in four nights. I know personally that if Mother Nature cooperates, you make a wheat crop. If Mother Nature doesn’t, you sort out your finances. This early experience gave me an appreciation for just how challenging agriculture can be. It gave me an appreciation for an effective safety net and crop insurance, and all the other matters this Committee considers.”