Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs

Guest Post: Disaster Assistance Program Sign-up Begins

April 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: We want to thank James Robinson of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) for this guest post on disaster assistance programs that were restored in the 2014 Farm Bill.  RAFI  works to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.  As RAFI’s Research and Policy Associate, […]

More 2015 Funding Hearings – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing Programs

April 4, 2014

This week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings on the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 funding requests for three USDA mission areas – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also held […]

House Budget Resolution Moves Ahead

April 3, 2014

Budget Resolution Overview On Tuesday,  Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House GOP’s Fiscal Year 2015 House budget Resolution  as a symbolic representation of party priorities and fiscal austerity.  It is likely to squeak through passage on the House floor, but that is as far as it will go.  The Senate is not planning to […]

Senate Bill Would Limit Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies

April 3, 2014

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced a bill (S. 2201) that would place a hard limit on crop insurance premium subsidies.  The bipartisan bill would limit payments to $70,000 per farm per year and is estimated to save over $1 billion over the next ten years. Crop insurance premium subsidies are […]

House and Senate Consider USDA Funding Requests

March 28, 2014

The House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees held a total of four hearings this week to examine the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 Budget Request.  The House Subcommittee heard testimony from the heads of two USDA mission areas—Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNS), and Research, Education and Economics (REE)—as well as the Food and Drug Administration […]

USDA Secretary Explains 2015 Funding Requests to Congress

March 14, 2014

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies today to discuss the Department’s FY 2015 Budget Request, which he delivered to Congress earlier this month.  The Subcommittee will consider USDA’s requests as it writes its agriculture funding bill for the year. In […]

Expanding Packing and Cold Storage Loan Options for Diversified Farms

March 10, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced several changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program that will greatly improve the program’s ability to support diversified producers that sell their produce through localized market channels, such as farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs), and farm-to-institution. Farm Storage Facility Loans are financed through the Farm […]

What Does the President’s 2015 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture?

March 5, 2014

President Obama sent his budget proposal for 2015 to Capitol Hill yesterday.  The overall spending number in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year (FY) would match the two-year budget deal Congress reached last year, though the President also includes an aspirational $56 billion add-on, which he calls the Opportunity, Growth, and Security (OGS) […]

Congress Extends Automatic Spending Cuts

February 19, 2014

Last week, the Senate voted 95-3 to pass a House-passed bill that reverses a $6 billion cut to cost-of-living increases (COLA) in military pensions.  The cut was included in last year’s bipartisan budget deal.  To pay for the restoration of funds, Congress chose to extend automatic, across-the-board cuts to direct spending (also known as mandatory […]

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Subsidy Reform and Fair Competition

February 14, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  This post discusses the highlights and the missed opportunities for commodity and crop insurance reform and agricultural market competition.  Previous “drill down” posts on a wide […]

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