Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Farm Bill

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...

Heitkamp Farm Bill Amendment Supports Ag Trade to Cuba

An amendment included in the farm bill allows the Department of Agriculture to use funds for Cuba-related trade activities. The Amendment by Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota permits the use of Market Access...

Farm Bill Passes House of Representatives, Heads to President Trump

The House of Representatives followed through with passage of the farm bill Wednesday, sending the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 to President Trump for signature. House members voted 369 to 47 in favor of...

Farm Bill Makes Significant Dairy Policy Reforms

The farm bill, or Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, makes promised reforms to better serve dairy farmers. The National Milk Producers Federation says the bill, being considered this week, provides support to a struggling...

Senate Passes Farm Bill, House Consideration Expected Wednesday

The Senate Tuesday afternoon approved the 2018 farm bill, titled the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Senators, without debate, approved the bill 87 to 13, placing action on the House of Representatives to pass...

Washington Post Calls Farm Bill a Bad Outcome

The Washington Post editorial board over the weekend called the 2018 farm bill a bad outcome that "could have been worse." The editorial board says the farm bill "simply maintains the existing set of...

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