What Happens Now with the Farm Bill?

What happens now that Congress failed to pass a new farm bill or extend the current one for another year? Some programs will continue, while others will not. At least not until Congress does their job of not only passing a farm bill, but passing one that works for rural America.

Diverse Generation Grows the Field of Agriculture

The New York Times reported on the growing trend of college graduates entering agriculture. They noted the diverse backgrounds and majors of this new generation of agriculture.

One such example was Abe Bobman, 24. He studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut before coming into farming.

Census numbers have charted a decline in the number of farms for decades. However, the latest Agricultural Census in 2007 noted a 4 percent increase. The Times observes this is the first such increase since 1920.

One Stop Shop for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Beginning farmers and ranchers are quickly disappearing from rural communities. Although plenty of men and women desire to farm and ranch, it can be difficult to get started these days.

And almost as difficult, is finding where to go for help. The Nebraska Beginning Farmer Network has answers.

Beginning farmers now have a one-stop-shop for information on tax credit programs, land matching, beginning farmer loans, sustainable practices, conservation programs, legal resources and transition planning.

Stand with Veteran and Beginning Farmers to Pass the Farm Bill

“It’s time for Congress to step up to the plate, stop bickering and pass the Farm Bill,” says Garrett Dwyer.

In 2010, Garrett moved back home to the family ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. A former Marine who served in Iraq, this cowboy knows something about “stepping up”.

He and his parents steward land that’s been in the family since 1894. Since joining the business, Garrett’s been hard at work updating the cow-calf operation with new equipment and facilities.

It All Started with Soup

Rebecka has a passion for healthy food.

A couple years ago, she started dehydrating vegetables from her garden, putting them into soup mixes and giving them to her family members. Word soon spread and Rebecka developed a small customer base. She remembers traveling to their first food show and selling out within hours.

“That’s when I realized we had a business,” she said. Soup ‘n More was born.

So Rebecka and her husband Allen converted the living room into a commercial kitchen. But they quickly outgrew the space. And that’s when they turned to REAP for help.


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