WASHINGTON — With the farm bill stalled on the Senate floor, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on June 14 introduced an amendment to raise target prices and continue countercylical payments for the next five years that may be the key to get the farm bill through the Senate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on March 29 introduced a farm bill commodity title proposal that they maintain would treat Northern Plains farmers more fairly than the “shallow loss” and higher target prices that have already been introduced, and also include disaster programs for livestock and tree producers.
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.
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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