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Senate Agriculture Committee Explores Program Duplication and Efficiency

June 24, 2011

On Thursday, June 23, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing with heads of four USDA mission areas to talk about possibilities for streamlining USDA programs, rooting out inefficiencies, and measuring performance.   The hearing also touched on ongoing efforts to crack down on fraud and abuse. REAP In one of the harder hitting lines of […]

Rebuilding the Good Food Supply by Supporting New Farmers

June 21, 2011

Check out this guest blog for Maria Rodale’s Farm Country Kitchen by NSAC’s Executive Director, Susan Prolman, on rebuilding the good food supply by supporting new farmers, and how you can join the movement and make a difference today.

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Visit DC

June 17, 2011

On June 15, eleven beginning farmers and ranchers from across the country arrived in Washington, DC to tell legislators what measures our country can take to support beginning farmers and ranchers.  Anticipating the 2012 Farm Bill process, beginning farmers and ranchers sought support for a marker bill with a package of provisions for beginning farmer […]

House Agriculture Committee to Hold 2012 Farm Bill Hearings

June 17, 2011

The House Agriculture Committee will begin preparatory hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill next week. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) spoke about the upcoming hearings during debate of the agriculture appropriations bill by the full House this week.  “The process of developing the 2012 farm bill would begin in the Agriculture Committee next […]

Crop Insurance Conservation Issues Loom as Spring Planting Proceeds

June 10, 2011

The 2008 Farm Bill included a measure that would allow governors in states in the Prairie Pothole National Priority Area to opt into a limitation on federal crop insurance or Non Insured Disaster Assistance Program coverage that would help protect native prairie.  If a governor opted in, USDA would not offer crop insurance or disaster […]

Budget Talks Continue, Seek Reactions from Senators

June 10, 2011

After a two-and-a-half hour session on Thursday, June 9, Vice President Joe Biden’s bipartisan and bicameral group of six lawmakers agreed to meet three times next week to continue talks.  The group negotiating a bipartisan deficit reduction plan spent much of Thursday’s meeting discussing revenues and listening to a presentation from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner […]

Senators Introduce Bill to Reform Farm Payments

June 9, 2011

On Thursday, June 9, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced the Rural America Preservation Act of 2011, a bill designed to lower the per farm cap on farm commodity program payments, simplify eligibility, and ensure that payments flow to working farmers. Senator Grassley has previously championed similar legislation, co-sponsored for many years […]

Proposed FY2012 Food and Agriculture Cuts One Step Closer to Becoming Law

June 1, 2011

On Tuesday, May 31, the full House Appropriations Committee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, which was first passed by the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee last week. If it were to become law, this bill would make truly massive cuts to conservation, extension, research, renewable energy, and rural development programs. A number […]

Sen. Stabenow Holds First 2012 Farm Bill Hearing

May 27, 2011

On Thursday, May 26, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed members of the Senate Agriculture Committee at the Committee’s first hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill. A second panel of witnesses followed, comprised of former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Michigan farmer and United Soybean Board founding director Barry Mumby, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg of Conservation International, […]

The Long and Winding (Budget Deal) Road

May 20, 2011

Washington continued down the long and winding road toward a budget agreement this week.  Depending on one’s point of view, nothing happened or lots happened.  What did not happen was introduction of a Senate budget resolution, much less mark-up of a resolution in the Senate Budget Committee.  But here are some of the things that […]

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