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A year ago at this time, U.S. agriculturalists were speculating about what the next farm bill would look like. There were many different thoughts about what form the legislation could and should take.... Posted on 1/10/13 at 9:26 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. — Cooperation with southern Republican senators representing peanut, cotton and rice growers will be a key to whether a Revenue Loss Assistance Program can be passed in the Senate, said officials gathered for a roundtable on the 2012 farm bill.
WASHINGTON — After a final hearing on the next farm bill, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said March 15 she will hold a markup on the bill “as soon as possible,” while the National Association of Wheat Growers called for passage of the bill before Sept. 30.
OMAHA, Neb. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in Omaha, Neb., on March 5 that the Obama administration wants to provide incentives for farmers to follow good conservation practices, rather than tying conservation compliance to subsidized crop insurance.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Feb. 17 he has no plans to turn the crop insurance program over to the Farm Service Agency county offices, although the cost of the program and the future of the county offices came up repeatedly at the secretary’s annual appearance before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A series of farm group representatives signaled at the recent annual crop insurance industry conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., that they are still sticking to their individual positions on farm bill proposals.
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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