Farm Policy Roundup – April 5, 2013

Rancher with lassoSenate Agriculture Committee Mark Up Expected Soon

While it has not been officially confirmed, there is strong indication that the Senate Agriculture Committee may schedule mark-up of the farm bill upon Congress’ return to Washington, DC next week.

Timing is not clear, but the legislative calendar suggests that the mark up would have to occur sometime between April 15-26. The week of April 29 is a district work period. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow has indicated her interest in having the Senate Agriculture Committee complete their work in April.

The House Agriculture Committee has not yet established a clear time frame for when it will begin work on the farm bill but is expected to follow Senate activity.

25x’25 Releases Climate Adaptation White Paper

The 25x’25 Adaptation Work Group this week released a report “Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: Adaptation Recommendations.” The report, to which American Farmland Trust served as a contributor, presents a variety of pathways for building and strengthening resilience to climate change in our nation’s agriculture and forestry system in the areas of research, production systems and practices, risk management, decision tools, and outreach. Rather than being offered as a definitive set of adaptation recommendations, the report is intended as the beginning of a national dialogue on the steps needed to prepare for an uncertain future.

The report is a living document, to be revised and expanded upon as new information from a wide range of sources is brought to light. As such, feedback is welcomed on the types of adaptation measures needed to enable our nation’s producers to succeed in the context of a changing climate.

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  • Random Quote

    Changes in the 2012 Farm Bill appear both likely and may be significant, if not radical. Our country’s economic situation will be the most significant driver and agent of change in the 2012 Farm Bill. — Jon Scholl, President, American Farmland Trust