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.
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.