SAN DIEGO — House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said Feb. 13 he thinks the next Congress may have to take up a reconciliation bill that could include a rewrite of the farm program.
Congress passes reconciliation bills when it decides to try to balance the federal budget or at least reduce the deficit.
SAN DIEGO — The Obama administration, which had proposed a $8.4 billion cut in the federal crop insurance program in the next 10 years, is offering to reduce that cut by $1.5 billion to $6.9 billion, a key Agriculture Department official said Feb. 17 in San Diego.
If history and the political lineup are any guides, President Barack Obama's latest effort to cut subsidies for wealthy farmers likely will fare no better than his first try — or his predecessor's attempt.
The struggling U.S. dairy industry must be restructured to avoid cycles of boom and bust, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday, less than a week after Congress announced a $350 million dairy bailout.
The federal government is expanding an insurance program for sunflower farmers — two years after almost killing it — in a move that could help protect growers against fluctuating prices and low crop yields.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, D-S.D., today highlighted South Dakota priorities included in the Obama Administration’s fiscal-year 2010 budget request with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, according to a news release from Johnson's office.
Possibly going to vote as early as today, the farm bill has its supporters, but there are others with concerns regarding the legislation.
Among the concerned are officials from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
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