Instead of reprehensible quips about “open bars,” we have a responsibility to raise the bar and have a reasoned dialogue. Lawmakers and the American public deserve an intelligent conversation about the future of agriculture that is kept to just the facts.
Thomas P. Zacharias, Ph.D., is president of National Crop Insurance Services and formerly was an associate professor at Iowa State University.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.