Farm Bill


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), […]

Choices Magazine edition highlights Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

July 20, 2011

Choices Magazine, a publication of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, released a themed edition focused on beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States.  Choices Magazine is a a free online quarterly peer-reviewed journal that covers agriculture, the food industry, natural resources, rural communities and environmental issues. The Innovations to Support Beginning Farmer and […]

House Holds Farm Credit Hearing

July 15, 2011

On Thursday, July 14, the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Department Operations, Oversight and Credit held an audit hearing to discuss farm loan programs, hearing witness testimony from FSA Administrator Bruce Nelson and Assistant Deputy Administrator Jim Radintz.  The hearing was relatively short, ending abruptly when members were notified of an imminent floor vote. Leading the […]

House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Conservation Programs

July 8, 2011

On Thursday, July 7, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry held an audit hearing to examine USDA conservation programs. This is part of  a series of hearings to be held by the House Agriculture Committee leading up to the 2012 Farm Bill.  According to the Committee’s press release on the hearing, […]

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 […]

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