Farm Bill News

Federal Spending Bill a Catastrophe for Rural Priorities

On Dec 10, 2014, appropriators in the House and Senate emerged from weeks of backroom talks and 24 hours of tense, final negotiations among top Congressional leaders. They had penciled out an agreement on a $1.1 trillion year-end spending bill that will fund the federal government through September 2015. The package was then introduced in the House, where the proposal passed on Dec 11. A vote to pass the bill in the Senate is expected on Dec 12.
 

Actively Engaged - The President Must Act

President Obama declared in January that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Farm Policy and Conservation Focus of Iowa Trip

I’m writing this after having just returned home from Iowa. While we were there, my colleague John Crabtree and I met with farmer Craig Lang and later with The Des Moines Register’s Randy Evans.

The farmers I work with through my role at the Center for Rural Affairs inspire me. Craig gave us a tour of their farm and the conservation practices they are using to build healthy soil, prevent erosion, and protect water quality.

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