Farm Bill News

Senator Stabenow's Farm Bill Proposal Includes Critical Reforms

An influential new farm bill proposal demonstrates that engaged citizens of conscience are making a difference in advancing critical reforms. I harp often that it is up to us – ordinary Americans – to prompt change in Washington. You are doing it.

Farm Program Integrity Act is a Step in the Right Direction

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) recently introduced legislation to tighten payment limits on federal farm programs and close loopholes mega-farms use to evade those limits. Mega-farms use unlimited farm program payments to bid up land costs, thereby driving smaller, family farmers out of business and barring beginning farmers from ever getting started.

Farmland Prices Skyrocket and Federal Crop Revenue Insurance Plays a Role

Have you heard the news? Farmland values continue to escalate at alarming rates. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t catch you by surprise.

The Ag Letter, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, showed a 16 percent increase in farmland values in 2012 for the district. Their district includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Iowa saw the highest increase, a 20 percent gain from Jan 2012 to Jan 2013.

Sodsaver Bill Introduced in Senate

Last week, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Amy Klobuchar lead a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation that would modify crop insurance premium subsidies for insured crops grown on native sod converted to cropland.

Food, Farms, Jobs and Economic Growth

Recently, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The sponsors worked diligently to write commonsense legislation that addresses the infrastructure challenges and informational barriers that family farmers and ranchers face in their efforts to develop local and regional food systems.


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