Farm Bill News

Rural America Gets a Lump of Coal for Christmas - USDA’s new definition of “actively engaged in farming”

On December 17, 2015, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their final rule defining what it means to be actively engaged in farming, and thereby eligible to receive federal farm payments. The final rule serves only to ensure access to unlimited farm program payments for the vast majority of the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms, and writes loopholes directly into regulation.
 

No Progress on Farm Payment Limit Reform

On Dec 17, 2015, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their final rule to define what it means to be actively engaged in farming, and therefore eligible to receive federal farm payments. The final rule made no progress from the proposed rule issued last May. It not only ensures access to unlimited farm program payments for the majority of the largest farms in the country, it goes one step further by writing loopholes directly into regulation.

Revised Clean Water Rule Released

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized their proposed Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degradation.
 

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