Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman don’t agree on all the issues facing agriculture, but in speeches at the Farm Bureau convention last week, the two made the same points on farm bill spending and its schedule for consideration.
The Obama administration intends to seek resolution to a lawsuit filed by American Indian farmers who alleged discrimination in the granting of federal agricultural loans over three decades. The lawsuit, filed in 1999, contends Indian farmers and ranchers lost about $500 million during the past three decades because of discrimination in lending from the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency.
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.
With his 2010 budget, President Obama is doing what he pledged to do during the campaign. He’s investing in our rural economy and providing farmers with protection from unforeseeable natural disasters and market disruptions.
This budget seeks to provide family farmers the stability and predictability they need to stay in business.
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