Farm Bill conference negotiations continued this week and the four principal negotiators— Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)—are citing progress and coming closer to being finished in every part of the bill.More >>
Conference negotiations on the 2013 Farm Bill have momentarily stalled with principal negotiators unable to achieve compromise on commodity programs.
A key issue that has prevented negotiators from moving forward is the issue of how farm program payments will be calculated on planted acres, base acres or a new 5-year rolling average formula that represents a compromise between the two.More >>
Conference negotiations are ongoing to determine the fate of the 2013 Farm Bill, including big decisions regarding our nation’s conservation funding and policy. Throughout this process, American Farmland Trust continues to tirelessly work the halls of Congress supporting our key priorities.
American Farmland Trust President Andrew McElwaine recently published an opinion piece on conservation compliance which traces the roots of modern conservation back to the writings of the father of soil conservation Hugh Hammond Bennett and discusses why Congress needs to pass this important conservation policy now more than ever.More >>
Leaders of the Farm Bill conference committee met this week to discuss progress on negotiations. While the House of Representatives is in recess, the four agriculture committee leaders continue to work on areas where agreement can be found.
The House recess means formal negotiations are not expected to continue until after November 12. Nutrition and crop insurance remain top issues for negotiators to find agreement. Nutrition decisions were made even more complex with $11 billion in increases from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, expiring on November 1.More >>
Members of the panel that will negotiate a final Farm Bill met for the first time this week to begin the process of establishing priorities and identifying areas that will require compromise.
During a three-hour business meeting on Wednesday, the Farm Bill Conference Committee members made opening statements and began shaping the debate on a range of issues from nutrition assistance to crop insurance to conservation.More >>