Senate Rejects Farm Payment Limits Reform

On December 13, 2007, the U.S. Senate voted to reject the Dorgan-Grassley payment limits amendment to the farm bill. The amendment was defeated with 56 in favor and 43 opposed under an agreement by leadership to require 60 votes for passage.

For those senators who voted for family farms by voting for the amendment, we urge you to call and offer your sincere thanks. For those senators who voted to continue unlimited payments that destroy family farming and rural communities by voting against the amendment, we urge you to call and express your deep disappointment.

Midwest and Plains Senators Cast Key Votes to Kill Payment Limits

The U.S. Senate has rejected the Dorgan-Grassley amendment to close payment limitation loopholes and invest the savings in small business development, beginning farmers, and creating a future in rural America.

The vote demonstrates that Southern members of Congress are not the primary obstacle to farm policy that strengthens America’s rural communities. The responsibility for killing reform lies with a small handful of Northern Plains and Midwestern senators who sided with selfish interests over the needs of the majority of farmers and rural people.

Corporate Farming Notes

Well, it’s 9:00 pm on December 13, and this newsletter article is 48 hours overdue, at least. And we are still in the office watching the waning hours of the Senate farm bill debate. Now is as good a time as any (or as late as our newsletter editor can reasonably allow) to offer an update on how livestock market reforms are faring.

Conservation Partnerships Can Stimulate Rural Development

Through the farm bill debate, we have been promoting the Cooperative Conservation Partnerships Initiative. In our view, this provision should support farmers and ranchers who want to do special conservation projects to enhance natural resources AND assist rural community development efforts by allowing public access on their land.

Development Matters

The 2007 farm bill has proven, once again, that success in the work that we tackle here at the Center for Rural Affairs requires persistence and determination. The disappointing farm bill debate demonstrates that winning real reform on fundamental issues often takes years or even decades.

That is why we created the Granary Foundation 10 years ago. We raised over $6 million dollars from donors making gifts of every size. Some gave cash gifts. Some included the Granary in their planned giving or their will.


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