Farm Bill

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 […]

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 […]

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