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Ohio corn, wheat leader clarifies statements about Boehner farm bill views

The leader of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers said today that statements he gave The Hagstrom Report Wednesday on poor prospects for passing the farm bill this year were based on conversations with staff from congressional offices other than aides to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Tadd Nicholson
Tadd Nicholson
Tadd Nicholson, executive director of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers, said that he had not personally been in the meeting with Boehner staff and apologized for not being clear about where his impressions came from.

“Although I didn’t hear a lot of optimism from other offices, I think the speaker is working behind the scenes to get the farm bill done before,” Nicholson said in a telephone interview. “Make no mistake, we are here to maintain optimism to pass the bill,” Nicholson added, referring to members of the National Corn Growers Association who are lobbying in Washington this week.

Jack Irvin, another Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers staff member, said in a telephone interview that he had participated in the meeting with Boehner aides, and that the meeting had focused on the corn growers’ view that the bill should move forward and go to conference with the Senate.

Boehner’s staff was “receptive” to their arguments and concerned about the drought, Irvin said.

Neither the Ohio corn growers nor Boehner’s staff delved into the differences between the House and Senate bills over food stamps or other issues, Urban said.