Farm Bill

Tax Cuts Package Likely to Pass Senate

December 10, 2010

UPDATE: The Senate passed the tax cuts package this morning (Wednesday, December 15) by a vote of 81-19; the House is expected to take up the bill for debate tomorrow. — A controversial package of legislation negotiated by President Obama with Republican legislators, including a 2-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for all income […]

Rep. Frank Lucas Voices Plans for House Agriculture Committee

December 10, 2010

In an interview with DTN agriculture policy editor Chris Clayton published on Friday, December 10, Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK) outlined his plans as chair of the next House Agriculture Committee. Lucas, who takes over the committee next month, appears determined and hopeful about completing a farm bill for President Obama to sign by mid-2012, just […]

House Republicans Overhaul 2011 Work Schedule

December 9, 2010

On Wednesday, December 8, House Republicans unveiled the 2011 House legislative calendar, which represents a major departure from both the Senate work schedule and the typical House calendar. Under the new calendar, House members will spend one week in their home district following every two weeks in session in Washington, unlike the Senate, which will […]

Deficit Commission Releases Final Report

December 1, 2010

On Wednesday, December 1, the White House National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released its final report detailing a plan to reduce the nation’s deficit.  The report, entitled “The Moment of Truth,” calls for significant reductions in agricultural spending. The Commission recommends $15 billion in gross reductions in mandatory agriculture programs from 2012 through […]

New York Times “Room for Debate” Column Discusses Farm Subsidies

November 23, 2010

On Sunday, November 21, the New York Times featured farm subsidies as the topic of its “Room for Debate” column, a column which showcases multiple viewpoints on various topics, with a different topic being debated almost every day.  Sunday’s Room for Debate, entitled, “Do Farm Subsidies Protect National Security?”, featured six debaters, including Chuck Hassebrook, […]

Specialty Crops Champion to Chair Senate Agriculture Committee

November 19, 2010

Today, November 19, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that she will be taking the helm of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, following Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-ND) decision to remain at the head of the Senate Budget Committee. “Agriculture is critical to Michigan’s economy,” Senator Stabenow said in a statement this morning. “I look forward to working […]

Deficit Commission Proposes $3 Billion in Cuts to Farm Subsidies, CSP

November 11, 2010

Yesterday, the two co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, an 18-member bipartisan panel commissioned by President Obama in February 2010, released a draft plan to slow the growth of the federal budget deficit. As expected, the “trial balloon” report offers a contradictory set of recommendations; the commission’s chairs for instance propose […]

2010 Midterm Elections: Results from Ag Perspective

November 3, 2010

Below is a quick take on 2010 election results for the Agriculture Committees and the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees in the House and Senate.  Should anything change as a result of late tabulations or recounts, we will issue a revised story. House Ag On the House side, where Republicans have apparently gained a 239-185 majority (as […]

37 Programs Will Lose Baseline Funding in 2012 Farm Bill

October 7, 2010

On September 29, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a new report, “Previewing the Next Farm Bill: Unfunded and Early-Expiring Provisions,” which details the 37 programs that will no longer have baseline funding in the next farm bill cycle. Together, these programs account for $9-10 billion dollars (depending on estimation approach), or 4% of the […]

Grassley-Feingold Re-Introduce Commodity Cap Bill

August 4, 2010

On Wednesday, August 4, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced legislation to reduce farm program payment limits and close the loopholes that are being used by mega farms to game the system and soak the taxpayer. The Rural America Preservation Act (bill number not yet assigned) would cap commodity payments at not […]