Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Farm Bill

NFU Worried Trade Aid Could Undermine Next Farm Bill

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says he’s concerned that billions of dollars in trade aid could have a negative impact on the next farm bill. He says the aid monies the Trump Administration...

2018 Farm Bill Increases Limits and Makes Other Changes to Farm Loans

Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in farm loans from the Department of Agriculture. USDA announced last week the increase would help farmers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm...

Farm Bill Status Update: Dairy Programs to Open Soon

In an update on the 2019 Farm Bill, the Department of Agriculture has provided target dates for dairy programs. In the announcement, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated, "we still have a lot of work...

Crop Insurance Industry/NFU Respond to President’s Budget Proposal

Several organizations within the crop insurance industry were not happy with President Trump’s proposed budget announcement this week. The budget included steep spending reductions at the Department of Agriculture and the federal crop insurance...

USDA To Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Sessions

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced a listening session for input on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service...

New Farm Bill Activity Halted Due to Shutdown

A partial government shutdown has been in effect for 18 days after lawmakers in Washington, D.C., failed to pass funding bills. Anna Johnson, policy manager of the Center for Rural Affairs, says the timing...

2019 Starting with More Uncertainty for Farmers

Farm bill passage in late 2018 was thought to provide certainty to U.S. agriculture moving forward. However, 2019 started with perhaps more uncertainty than ever before. The government shutdown has USDA Farm Service Agency...

Ag Broadband Coalition Applauds Connectivity Provision in Farm Bill

The Agricultural Broadband Coalition welcomes the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act included in the just-signed 2018 Farm Bill. Coalition co-Chair Nick Tindall says, “U.S. farmers and ranchers are deploying more and more data-driven technologies and...

Ag Groups Pleased 2018 Farm Bill is Finished

Ag commodity and policy groups across the board are pleased the 2018 Farm Bill is over the finish line. The National Corn Growers Association says it’s pleased farmers can look forward to 2019 with...

Organic Farmers Association React to Farm Bill

U.S. organic farmers offered applause for the passage of the farm bill which supports organic farmer priorities. Stating, “organic farming is at a critical junction,” Association President Dave Colson says farmers “need support to...

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