Farm Policy News

Lame Duck: Inaction on Farm Bill Will Halt Innovation

Congress has plenty of unfinished business to tackle during the lame-duck session. Will the Farm Bill be one of them?

Here’s what is at stake if they fail to act during the lame-duck session. Funding for conservation and several important rural programs is in jeopardy, programs that help create a future for beginning farmers and ranchers and rural communities alike.

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program will stop making grants to provide training, mentoring, business and marketing planning, and much more for beginning farmers and ranchers.

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.

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.

Remind Your Candidate: Farm Bill is Top Priority

With the election just around the corner and the Farm Bill not yet done, you still have opportunity to ensure those seeking your vote understand your priorities. There’s been a good deal of media attention and talk about the Farm Bill, with a big push for getting it done this year. We agree Congress should get its act together, start governing, and pass a farm bill. But we also think it’s important they get it done right.

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.

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