Farm Bill


America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to Support Conservation and Working Lands

February 18, 2011

On February 16, 2011, President Obama released a report outlining the Administration’s plan to enhance conservation of public and private lands through the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative.  The AGO Initiative is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture (USDA ), Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and White House Council on […]

Obama USDA Budget Proposal a Mixed Bag

February 15, 2011

On Monday, February 14, President Obama submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.  For sustainable agriculture interests, the budget proposal is a mixed bag, with big cuts to farm bill conservation programs, though mostly good news on discretionary spending accounts. Mandatory Farm Bill Spending President Obama’s proposed budget calls for deep, […]

House GOP Funding Proposal Would Cut NSAC Priority Programs

February 12, 2011

Post updated 2/15/11 Following a revolt by some of their rank and file on Thursday, House Republican leaders on Friday night released their draft bill to cut government funding for the remainder of the fiscal year that end September 3 by a significantly larger amount then they planned for earlier in the week.  The bill […]

Senate Appropriations Committee Membership

February 4, 2011

On February 4, the Senate Appropriations Committee announced its membership for the 112th Congress, including subcommittee assignments for members of both parties. The full Senate Appropriations Committee, comprised of 16 Democrats and 14 Republicans, has seven new Republican members. The new membership list for the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and […]

More Committee Assignments

January 27, 2011

Senate Agriculture Committee The new roster for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee was announced January 27.  As expected, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) takes over the reins as Chair, and Pat Roberts (R-KS) replaces Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) as the Ranking Member. New to the Committee are two GOP first term GOP Senators — John […]

Democrats Named to House Ag Subcommittees

January 25, 2011

On Tuesday, January 25, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) announced the Democratic members and leadership for the Ag Committee’s newly reorganized Subcommittees. Also, the House Appropriations Committee announced its Democratic subcommittee assignments last week; the four Democratic members of the Subcommittee on Agriculture are listed below. House Agriculture Committee: Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, […]

Taxpayers Believe More Should be Spent on Food Safety, Conservation, Reseach, Rural Development

January 20, 2011

A new study, to be presented at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association 2011 Annual Meeting in February, finds that taxpayers believe that less money should be spent on direct payments, price supports, and crop insurance, while more should be directed toward food safety, natural resource conservation, research and education, and rural development.  The paper was […]

Democrats Named to House Agriculture Committee

January 19, 2011

On Wednesday, January 19, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee,  announced the new Democratic members of that Committee, a slate dominated by New Englanders. Joining the Committee for the first time are Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME), Joe Courtney (CT), Peter Welch (VT), and James McGovern (MA).  Also joining are Representatives […]

2012 Farm Bill Summit: The Road to Reform

January 18, 2011

On January 12-13, NSAC hosted a 2012 Farm Bill Summit in Washington, D.C.   The Summit brought together 125 participants representing 95 organizations, an impressive array of experts and activists engaged in furthering the aims of the public interest community in the next Farm Bill.  Organizations included farm, conservation, rural development, public health, food system, […]

House Agriculture Committee Re-Organizes

January 18, 2011

As often happens following elections that shift the party in the majority, the new Republican leadership of the House Agriculture Committee reorganized the panel’s subcommittees. As we previously have reported, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) is the new Chair of the Full Committee, and former Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has been named Vice Chair. There are […]

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