Farm Bill News

USDA Data Shows Need For National Sodsaver Provision

Recent USDA data finds that, in 2012 alone, nearly 400,000 acres of grassland and other newly broken land were converted to cropland nationally. Nebraska led the way with over 54,000 acres of new land broken out for cropland.

Analysis from the Center for Rural Affairs of the Farm Service Agency data, collected for the first time in 2012, reveals the importance of including a national Sodsaver provision in the Farm Bill that would help address the significant loss of grasslands by ratcheting down subsidized crop insurance on cropland converted from native prairie.

Op-ED: Congress needs to back small town and rural life

Nearly nine in 10 rural Americans say the rural and small-town way of life is worth fighting for and protecting, but seven in 10 worry it is dying.

Those are the findings of a bipartisan poll of rural voters in Iowa and 25 other Southeastern, Midwestern and Great Plains states commissioned by the Center for Rural Affairs and completed by Lake Research Partners and the Tarrance Group.

The findings present a worthy challenge to Congress as it completes a new farm bill: Give the small-town and rural way of life the respect it deserves by investing in its future.

Welcome to Our Brave New, Twisted World

Okay, so the House of Representatives peels the nutrition program away from the farm bill, ostensibly to reduce the deficit by even greater amounts. So what do these self-proclaimed deficit hawks then do? They load up the “farm-farm bill” with billions of dollars in subsidies designed to mostly benefit the largest, wealthiest farmers. (Where would we be without our sacred traditions?)

Partisan Rancor Prevents a Meaningful Farm Bill

If you have been following the farm bill process then you know it has been a rough and pretty interesting debate. On the eve of the August Congressional Recess, here's a report on how things stand.

On June 20, 2013, the US House of Representatives rejected passage of the farm bill by a vote of 234-195. The bill was defeated largely because of the huge cuts and changes to the nutrition title, the legislative section that provides for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) and other nutrition programs for low-income families.

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