Farm Bill News

Farm Bill should address Rural America's Needs

With the Farm Bill finally moving forward, the Center for Rural Affairs urges the House-Senate Conference Committee to ensure that the bill address the needs of family farmers, ranchers, and small towns while also protecting our natural resources.

Farm Bill Limbo Doesn’t Change the Needs of Rural People

Our last farm bill update covered the House of Representative’s Farm Bill that left out the nutrition title. Later the House passed a separate bill covering nutrition programs. That included a $40 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a much bigger cut than the Senate Farm Bill.

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?)


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