STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Pat on the back for farm bill work
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It's not so easy to give government em... Posted on 10/27/14 at 3:59 PM
ST. PAUL, MINN, – Farmers must report prevented planting acreage to their local USDA-Farm Service Agency office by July 15, 2013. FSA State Executive Director Debra Crusoe stated, “Due to an unseasonably cool and wet spring, planting has been significantly delayed or prevented in many areas of Minnesota this crop year.” “Farmers must remember to visit their local FSA office before July 15 to report all their crop acreage, including that which has been prevented from planting.” Crusoe said.
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 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 30 defended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to close some Farm Service Agency county offices if they were within 20 miles of each other “as the crow flies,” and also the agency’s cuts to certain research programs.
OMAHA, Neb. — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said March 4 that he will run for re-election, partly because he is not sure that Congress will finish a farm bill in 2012 and he wants to be on hand for writing it.
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.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The crop insurance industry should help Congress write a farm bill in 2012, but also should think about its role longer term as crop insurance becomes the “foundation” of the farm program, a former U.S. Department of Agriculture official who is a top aide to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said at a crop insurance industry convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The National Association of Farm Service Agency County Office Employees is contending that the government could save up to $2.5 billion per year by taking the crop insurance program away from insurance companies and agents and turning it over to the county offices, but the American Association of Crop Insurers says the private delivery system works fine and that it will fight the proposal.
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