In a new study, the USDA’s Economic Research Service has found that, “an abrupt end to the direct payment program could reduce the number of farms with a favorable financial status ... by about 11,000 nationally, or about 2 percent of farms that received direct payments in 2009....More
Agriculture groups are urging for farm bill inclusion of MAP and FMD programs. MAP helps to fund the federal share for export-market activities. FMD assists with development of new foreign markets....More
A series of workshops -- focused on “farm bill reauthorization, federal crop insurance, environmental regulation, and other current legal and policy issues of direct interest to producers,” -- have been scheduled around the Mid-South by the National Agricultural Law Center.
Workshops are currently scheduled for Clarksdale, Miss., on Nov. 1, and Stuttgart, Ark., on Nov. 6....More
On Nov. 6 join the National Agricultural Law Center for a workshop in Stuttgart, Ark., to learn what a reauthorized farm bill may mean to your operation, as well as crop insurance and other legal issues for row crop producers....More
October 1 is the first day of the 2008 farm bill’s expiration. Agriculture groups marked the occasion with a series of statements underlining the importance of new farm legislation for rural America. Democrats marked it by scolding House leadership for not bringing the legislation to a vote since it was passed out of the House Agriculture Committee in early July....More
A series of upcoming workshops -- focusing on “farm bill reauthorization, federal crop insurance, environmental regulation, and other current legal and policy issues of direct interest to producers” according to the National Agricultural Law Center -- are set for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas....More
On Thursday morning (September 20), House Speaker John Boehner confirmed that the House will not take up the “farm bill issue” until after November elections. Current law is set to expire at the end of this month....More
Having again failed to schedule floor time for a new farm bill despite expiration of current law on Sept. 30, House leadership is unlikely to be moved to action by a fellow lawmaker’s scathing critique. But that didn’t stop Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, from making such a harsh assessment during a Tuesday press call....More
Backed by 88 agriculture organizations and associations, the recently-formed Farm Bill Now coalition held a Wednesday rally on Capitol Hill aiming to push lawmakers to move a new farm bill. The legislation has stalled in the House with current law is set to expire September 30....More
Eight legislative days remain before the current farm bill expires on September 30. That’s scant time for the House – whose leadership, as of Monday (September 10), has again refused floor time for a farm bill passed out of the House Agriculture Committee in July -- to pass farm legislation and then conference with the Senate. Even a disastrous drought across much of farm country has failed to move the House to act on the legislation....More
During a Thursday morning (August 30) press conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed Hurricane Isaac’s effect on Southern crops and held out hope that a new farm bill can be passed by Congress before current law expires on September 30....More
A coalition of 39 of the nation’s foremost agricultural organizations has formed in an effort to raise public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September....More
Thirty-nine days remain until the current farm bill expires.
While it may be a while before a farm bill is earnestly tackled by the full Congress, a new FAPRI study compares the programs already proposed by both the Senate and House....More