Farm Bill News

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.

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.

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