Farm Bill


House Agriculture Subcommittee Specialty Crop Hearing

July 8, 2011

On Thursday, July 7, the House Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture held a farm bill hearing to examine USDA specialty crop programs.  Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, flowers, and nursery plants.  The specialty crop title of the farm bill also includes organic agriculture programs. The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rayne Pegg, Administrator for USDA’s […]

Budget Deal Negotiations Update and What it May Mean for Agriculture

July 7, 2011

High level talks (and lots of political noise) continue in order to reach an agreement on a macro budget deal.  The macro budget deal would include major actions for deficit reduction while also lifting the debt ceiling before the government would otherwise go into default in early August. The latest reports indicate that President Obama […]

New USDA Report on Crop Insurance and Sodbusting

July 1, 2011

On Thursday, June 30th, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released a report entitled, “Grassland to Cropland Conversion in the Northern Plains: The Role of Crop Insurance, Commodity, and Disaster Program,” which estimates the impact that federal crop insurance and disaster assistance have on grassland conservation in the region. Summary of Findings The report has four […]

FAPRI releases report on impacts of eliminating direct payments to US farmers

June 30, 2011

On Thursday June 29th, the University of Missouri’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) released a report entitled “Potential Impacts of Limiting Direct Payments.”  The report estimates the economic impacts to farmers, landowners, federal budgetary outlays and consumers if direct payments to farmers are eliminated. The report comes at a time when Congressional leaders […]

Senate Agriculture Committee Livestock Hearing Highlights NRCS Successes

June 30, 2011

On Tuesday, June 28, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled “The State of Livestock in America.”  The hearing focused on rising feed prices due to increased worldwide demand for grains, the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Act that is still awaiting the issuance of a final rule […]

Congress Should Reward Farmers Who Are Good Stewards

June 30, 2011

Check out this post for Common Dreams by Brenna Norton, Grassroots Organizer for NSAC, on the extreme cuts to farm bill conservation programs.

Coalitions Send Letters to President, Congressional Leadership Urging Support for Farm, Food, Conservation Programs

June 24, 2011

After another series of meetings between Vice President Biden and six congressional leaders attempting to negotiate a deal to raise the federal debt limit while reducing the deficit, the week ended with some dramatic developments.  First House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) walked away from the process, followed by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ).  […]

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 […]

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