Farm Policy News

Escalating Farmland Prices Present Barrier for New Farmers

It’s not surprising that farmland values continue to rise. Iowa may have shocked people, though, with two record-setting land sales. Both took place in Sioux County. The first record price was over $16,000 per acre. The next topped it at $20,000 per acre.

Reductions Slash Investments in Rural Towns

Thousands of small business owners across the country have benefited from the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, and many of them don’t even know it. This program started giving loan capital and training grants to organizations, like the Center for Rural Affairs, who work with small business owners in rural areas.

Misguided Farm Bill Subsidizes the Rich, Shortchanges the Future of Rural America

This legislation does not reflect the priorities of rural America. It does not address the needs of the thousands of rural communities fighting to create a future for the next generation.

The farm bill developed by congressional agriculture committee leaders represents the worst aspects of federal policy and most misguided instincts of elected officials.

Farmer Fly-in Helps to Promote Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act

A new proposal could improve federal farm bill programs that support local and regional farm and food systems. Called the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1) introduced the bill last month. Several other senate and house co-sponsors joined them.

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