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Analysis of the House Rural Development Subcommittee 2007 Farm Bill Rural Development Title

On June 6, 2007, the Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign Agriculture subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee met to discuss a draft Rural Development Title of the 2007 Farm Bill, or “mark” in Congressional language. This was the first Congressional committee action on the Rural Development Title of the 2007 Farm Bill.

This brief covers the programs authorized and appropriations levels set in the draft legislation. Download the full report below.

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Congressman Ron Kind: Exclusive Interview Soon

Update: Our interview post is up. Find it here.

We just completed a phone interview with Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind (D-3). Kind is the lead sponsor on two pieces of farm bill reform legislation (FARM21 and The Healthy Farms, Foods, and Fuels Act of 2007). The Center is not endorsing these bills, but we always like to evaluate all reform proposals on their merits, and we hope all elected representatives do the same.

Dorgan can end hypocrisy

Democratic congressional candidates scour the countryside for votes by proclaiming themselves the champion of the family farmer and little guy. Now they control both houses of Congress. It’s time for them to put up or shut up by addressing the long-festering need for limiting farm subsidies to mega farms in the 2007 farm bill.<br/><br/>

Development Matters

Last month, in conjunction with our annual newsletter renewal, we kicked off an effort to raise $15,000 by May 15th to help provide the tools the Center for Rural Affairs needs to win the crucial battles in which we are currently engaged – fighting for farm program payment limits, meaningful community development, rural economic development that works, conservation, livestock market competition...

Time to Apply for a Value Added Producer Grant Is Now

The United States Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for almost $20 million in Value Added Producer Grants to develop value-added agricultural business ventures and renewable energy sources. May 16th is the deadline to apply for a Value-Added Producer Grant. Farmers, ranchers or groups of producers with an idea that would add value to products raised on their farms or ranches are eligible.