Farm Bill


New USDA Report Highlights Successes of the Wetlands Reserve Program

August 23, 2011

On Monday, August 22, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a new publication highlighting the success of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) over its 20-year history. The Wetlands Reserve Program According to the report, more than half of all wetland acres in the continental United States have been lost.  In some states, this number […]

Conservation Stewardship Program Update – Part II

August 2, 2011

Note:  This is the second of several blog posts that summarizes initial data we are receiving from USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on the Conservation Stewardship Program.  You can read the first blog post in this series here. In last week’s blog Update on the Conservation Stewardship Program – Part I we highlighted data […]

House, Senate, President Agree to Draft Debt Ceiling Deal

August 1, 2011

On Sunday, July 31, congressional leaders and the President announced that they had reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling and cut the federal deficit.  The agreement comes amidst a week of tense negotiations and competing bills.  Just last week, the House passed its own package, 218-210, before the Senate voted that bill down […]

Senators and Representatives with Farms Blog About Farm Bill

July 29, 2011

The Congress Blog page of The Hill, a paper and website widely read in federal policy circles, published four blog posts on July 28 by four Republican Senators and Members of Congress who are farmers and maintain interests in farms that are in their families. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) penned “Food and farm bill benefits […]

House Holds Hearing on USDA Research Programs

July 29, 2011

On Thursday, July 28, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held an audit hearing on federal research programs administered by USDA.  This was the ninth hearing on farm bill programs the Committee has held this year. The Committee heard testimony from top administrators of four agencies that make […]

Senate Holds Specialty Crop and Organic Hearing

July 28, 2011

On Thursday, July 28, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing to discuss farm bill specialty crop and organic programs.  The Committee, led by Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), heard testimony from USDA officials Ann Wright, Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, and Dr. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary for Research, […]

House Hearing on Commodity and Disaster Programs

July 28, 2011

On Wednesday, July 27, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held an audit hearing to examine commodity and farm safety net programs, including crop insurance and disaster assistance.  This was the eighth hearing on farm bill programs that the Committee has convened this year. Bruce Nelson, Administrator of the […]

One Week Until Government Default – Where Things Stand

July 26, 2011

With one week left until federal borrowing authority is exhausted, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and President Obama continue to negotiate the details of a number of concurrent proposals to raise the federal debt ceiling and reduce the deficit. Last week, the House passed a plan entitled “Cut, Cap, and Balance” that would have required Congress […]

Hearing on Clean Energy, Biofuels and Rural Development

July 22, 2011

This week Congress hosted a number of advocates on Capitol Hill for briefings on the state of federal policy supporting the production of biofuels and other energy products from agricultural crops. On Wednesday July 21, the House Agriculture Committee convened a hearing to examine energy and forest programs administered by USDA.  Judith Canales, Administrator of the […]

Farm Bill Nutrition Programs Hearing

July 22, 2011

On Thursday, July 21, the House Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture held an audit hearing to examine the Farm Bill’s Nutrition Programs, programs that accounts for over 75 percent of the Agriculture Committee’s budget.  USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers nutrition programs, which include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), […]

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