This post was originally featured on AgriPulse. Like many folks, I have been wrestling with some of the questions Secretary Tom Vilsack posed recently regarding the future of rural America, citing the recent farm bill process. In December, at the Farm Journal Forum in Washington, D.C., and in subsequent speeches around the country, Secretary Vilsack [...]
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Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) announced that they “will continue the process of reauthorizing the farm bill in the coming months” after the Joint Select Committee was unable to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction package. In their joint statement, Stabenow and Lucas emphasized [...]
Lately, discussions in the nation’s capital have centered around the looming recommendations from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, better known as the “Super Committee.” However crucial it may be to reduce the federal budget, the deficit is only one among the many challenges we face when it comes to our farms and food. [...]
The 2012 Farm Bill presents a critical opportunity for the nation to strengthen conservation programs that protect the land and environment in the most efficient manner possible. Today, we announced our priorities for the coming farm bill, Agenda 2012: Transforming U.S. Farm Policy for the 21st Century. We will be working around the clock to [...]
American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl joined Garry Niemeyer, president of the National Corn Growers Association, and Chandler Goule, vice president of government relations for the National Farmers Union, in highlighting the value of a farm safety net despite the need for reform in an October 27, 2011 opinion piece in Roll Call. The agricultural [...]
PRESS RELEASE Washington, D.C., October 12, 2011—“The REFRESH Act introduced by Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) includes good ideas for the agricultural safety net, but takes conservation policy in the wrong direction,” said Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT).
Deficit Reduction Plan Creates Opportunity for Significant Changes to Future of Farms, Farmland and Food —But Don’t Push Farm Bill Through in 10 Weeks!
PRESS RELEASE Washington, D.C., August 9, 2011 —“The various budget deficit talks that have gripped the attention of Washington these past months have finally resulted in a plan to reduce our nation’s deficit,” says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT). “While we are thankful that this crisis has been dealt with, we also [...]