Farm Policy News

Conservation in the Farm Bill

The farm bill considered by the full Senate in late June lacked some important provisions. One of those was linking basic conservation requirements to federal crop insurance subsidies.

Rural Development in the Farm Bill

Rural communities won some relief from deep funding cuts when the farm bill went before the full Senate late in June.

Rural development programs have been slashed by 1/3 since 2003. As it originally emerged from the Agriculture Committee, the Senate farm bill would have made it much worse.

Shake Up of Federal Farm Support

Federal farm support is undergoing a major shift from traditional farm programs to premium subsidies for federal crop insurance, with implications for family-size farms, conservation, and federal spending.

Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill: A Mixed Bag

The Senate Agriculture Committee passed their version of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Agricultural Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, in late April. There’s some good, bad and ugly in it, but one thing is certain. Your action and engagement helped secure solid victories.

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