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.
Delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Honolulu ended their support for the $5 billion annual direct payments program that crop farmers get whether prices are high or low on Jan. 10, but the new policy they passed reflected continued differences between regions and commodities that will make it difficult for the nation’s largest general farm group to develop policy on a new farm bill.
January 16, 2012
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