Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs

House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY2013 Funding Bill

June 7, 2012

UPDATED: June 18, 2012 On Wednesday, June 6, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2013 agriculture appropriations bill.  The spending bill covers the majority of the functions of USDA as well as the Food and Drug Administration. In late April, we happily reported that the Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2013 agriculture appropriations bill […]

For Immediate Release: NSAC Comments on Proposed USDA Microloan Program

May 23, 2012

For Immediate Release May 23, 2012 Contact:  Juli Obudzinski, 202-547-5754 NSAC Comments on Proposed USDA Microloan Program Washington, DC – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a proposed rule for a new microloan program that would be part of the suite of credit options available to farmers through the Farm Service Agency (FSA).  The new […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: House Credit Hearing

May 10, 2012

The House Agriculture Subcommittee held a hearing today, Thursday May 10th, to examine federal credit programs as they take up writing the 2012 Farm Bill.  In addition to Chairman Fortenberry (R-NE-1) and Ranking Member Fudge (D-OH-11), Reps. King (R-IA-5), Crawford (R-AR-1), Baca (D-CA-43), and Pingree (D-ME-1) were also in attendance. The panel of witnesses were […]

Farm Service Agency Continues Close Scrutiny of Loans to Contract Poultry and Hog Producers

May 3, 2012

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides guaranteed loans and direct loans to farmers for the purchase or operation of their farms.  FSA can provide lenders with a guarantee of up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a guaranteed loan.  FSA has a duty, both to the public and to farmers […]

Senate Committee Approves 2013 Agriculture Spending Bill

April 27, 2012

On Thursday, April 26, while the Senate Agriculture Committee was busy passing their version of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee was also meeting to approve the Fiscal Year 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill.  The spending bill covers the majority of the functions of USDA as well as the Food and Drug Administration. We […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Markup – Beginning Farmers

April 27, 2012

Note to Readers — This is the first in what will be a series of posts on the 2012 Farm Bill reported out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26. The Senate Agriculture Committee voted the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act — the proposed name for the 2012 Farm Bill — out of […]

House Sets Government Funding Allocations

April 25, 2012

On April 19, we reported that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved discretionary spending allocations for the coming 2013 fiscal year.  The size of the total spending pie, as laid out by the Committee, was completely consistent with the levels set by law in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Today, the House Appropriations Committee […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Draft Farm Bill – Local Food and Rural Development Drilldown

April 23, 2012

Agricultural policy that bolsters community economic development serves as a cornerstone of NSAC’s advocacy.  Within this framework, we support strong Rural Development programs that target small business development and job creation.  Similarly, NSAC recognizes the economic opportunities inherent in food produced for local markets and thus urge Congress to address infrastructure and information barriers to […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Draft Farm Bill – Beginning Farmer Drilldown

April 23, 2012

Overall, while beginning farmers did not fair too poorly in the Senate draft farm bill that was released by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, they were certainly far from being the highlight of this legislative package. There were some small wins for beginning farmers in the draft conservation and credit titles, which included provisions […]

Loan Programs that Help Farmers Bridge the Conservation Cost-Share Gap

April 12, 2012

Background – Why there is a Gap USDA’s conservation programs, as well as numerous state conservation programs, provide financial resources for farmers to implement conservation practices that protect natural resources and the environment.  Many of these programs fund only a share of the cost of implementing the practices, and hence are referred to as cost […]

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