STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Are the good times really over for good?
The great Merle Haggard once had a song called "Are the Good times Really Over for Good?" The tune wondered sadly if America's best days are in the past.
I thought of the song after listening to area... Posted on 7/12/13 at 8:05 AM
The elements for a farm bill compromise between the House and the Senate are there if the four principal negotiators want to reach agreement, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said at the organization’s meeting on Nov. 25.
The lack of a long-term federal farm bill is jeopardizing foreign trade offices and programs that have contributed to the best five-year run of agricultural trade in U.S. history and allowed North Dakota to more than double its exports of farm products since 2006, farmers and government officials said here Nov. 22.
Maintaining her assurance that a new farm bill will become reality soon, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said she will tell attendees at a trio of agriculture-related gatherings this weekend that a bill will become reality before year’s end.
Time is quickly running out to write a new $500 billion U.S. farm policy this year and one of the biggest problems facing the four key negotiators on the project is how much to cut spending on food stamps for the poor.
The chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees are scheduled to meet today on the farm bill and possibly announce a comprehensive framework agreement before both chambers leave for a Thanksgiving break.
The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen’s cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests.
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