Farm Bill News

Rural America Needs Farmers and Farm Program Reform

Thanks to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), both the Senate and House versions of the farm bill include a strict limit on farm program payments. Some Farm Bill Conference Committee members want to remove those farm limits, but that would be a mistake.

Farm Bill Future Uncertain as 2014 Dawns

As 2013 headed into the history books, Congress had not yet reached a final deal on the farm bill. However, they say they will likely pass it when they return in January.

The biggest issue to resolve is how much they will cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There has been some indication that they have reached an agreement that would cut the program by around $8 billion.

What Should the Final 2013 Farm Bill Look Like?

[Photo above by Jared Kofsky, with thanks!]
There are good provisions in both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. It is critical that these provisions be carried into the final Farm Bill. 

A conference committee made up of Senate and House members has been meeting off and on to hammer out the differences between the two bills. Rumors fly, and the latest is they may be getting closer to an agreement.  Here's our scorecard on the most important provisions

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Farm Bill Update: Lawmakers Voice Support for Payment Limits

The 2013 Farm Bill debate moved one step further in late October. Conference committee members met to start hammering out the differences between the two bills. A conference committee to settle a final budget resolution has been running parallel to the farm bill conference. Some suggest the best chance of getting a final five-year farm bill is to attach it to a broader budget package.

Farm Bill for Small Town America Too

As Congress enters the final stages of moving forward a final Farm Bill, we must all remember that the Farm Bill is the vehicle by which Congress makes crucial investments in the rural economy. The final bill should invest in fostering a new generation of family farmers and ranchers as well as preserving the natural resources necessary for creating a better future for those beginners and for small town and rural America.

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