Farm Policy News

Soil Carbon and Agriculture: Payment and Storage Policies

Climate scientists tell us that extreme weather events such as this year’s Midwestern heat and drought are examples of climate changes that will be more common in the years ahead. These changes will affect our agriculture: how much we can grow, where we can grow it, and how profitable our farmers will be. At the same time, agriculture has a role to play in reducing these impacts.

International Food Aid and Rural Development

If you live in a small town, you know that strong rural communities rely on an active local economy. The Center for Rural Affairs has been saying this for the better part of four decades.

Farmers and small businesses rely on consumers buying their products for survival. And we all need investments in rural economic development and infrastructure to thrive.

House Ag Committee Farm Bill Passes

The House Agriculture Committee passed their version of the Farm Bill on July 12. But, as we post this, the full 2012 Farm Bill has yet to see floor time in the House of Representatives.

The committee-passed bill slashes investment in rural small business development and value-added agriculture, while increasing crop insurance subsidies for some of the nation’s largest farms and wealthiest landowners.

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.

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