Tag: Farm Bill

A quick summary of the 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference

The 2014 MN Ag Leadership Conference (MALC) took place Sunday through Tuesday this week in Brainerd. Over 150 farmers, agribusiness leaders, policy experts and elected officials gathered to talk about important ag topics such as trade, transportation, taxes, regulations and the political landscape.

Highlights included:

Congressman Peterson and Nolan
Congressman Collin Peterson opened the conference by addressing the group on Sunday. Congressman Rick Nolan closed the conference with a lunchtime talk on Tuesday.

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MCGA Radio: Tom Sell talks farm bill implementation

On this week’s Minnesota Corn Growers Association radio, Tom Sell from Combest, Sell & Associates covers what corn farmers should know about implementation of the 2014 farm bill.

The sign-up period for the farm bill’s crop insurance programs is expected to begin late fall and could carry into early spring.

“One of the real hallmarks of this farm bill is that there are a lot of choices,” Sell said.

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Don't play political games with crucial farm policy

Congress has started debating a fiscal year 2015 agriculture appropriations bill, which funds important food safety, farm services, animal health and nutrition programs. Unfortunately, some lawmakers are already trying to undo important parts of the farm bill, a piece of legislation that took four years to pass and hasn’t even been fully implemented yet.

Farmers’ crops are in the ground, and planting decisions were based on what they understood to be the rules of a the new five-year farm bill.

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USDA releases before and after of the 2014 Farm Bill

USDA has released a document highlighting some of the differences between the previous farm bill and the recently passed 2014 farm bill.

Notable differences on the farm safety net provisions include:

  • Direct payments are eliminated
  • Farmers will now choose between Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage

The new farm bill also consolidates several conservation programs and links basic conservation practices to crop insurance premium subsidies on highly erodible lands and wetlands.

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U.S. Senate approves farm bill, sends to President Obama for signature

By a vote of 68-32, the U.S. Senate approved a new five-year farm bill on Tuesday afternoon. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law later this week.

Both Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, voted to pass the farm bill.

In a statement released shortly after the vote, Klobuchar said, “As a member of the Farm Bill conference committee,

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Farm Bill: We're getting close (for real this time…probably)

House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on a new five-year farm bill late Monday night that ends direct payments, strengthens crop insurance and trims nutrition programs (food stamps) by about 1 percent.

Under the new farm bill, growers would have the choice between traditional price supports or insurance-like protection against a drop in revenue. For more details, click here.

The House is expected to vote on the new farm bill,

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Momentum is starting to build (again) toward passing a new farm bill

With the government shutdown now over, elected officials are turning their attention to other pieces of legislation, such as the farm bill. Farmers have been stuck in the middle of a partisan squabble over the nutrition title of the farm bill, but momentum to take another crack at passing a farm bill is once again building.

The best way to continue building momentum toward passage of a new farm bill is through the grassroots efforts of farmers.

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Corn Links: Farm Bill, Chipotle and the Chesapeake Bay

The farm bill is still going nowhere, Chipotle gets called out by Funny or Die and a judge upholds a ruling on the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load issue. More details below in this Friday’s Corn Links:

Farm bill still stuck
If congress fails to pass a farm bill by Oct. 1, conservation programs will take a hit. According to Andrew McElwaine of the American Farmland Trust, conservation compliance has saved more than 295 million tons of soil annually and protected more than 3 million acres of wetlands.

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Food and Farming Panel Sparks Debate, Shows Complexity of Agriculture Issues

What happens when a college in the heart of Minnesota’s Iron Range holds a panel discussion on food, farming and agriculture policy?

I was curious, so I made the drive up to Itasca Community College (ICC) in Grand Rapids to listen to a panel titled “The Present and Future of Agriculture: The Benefits and Costs of Current Agricultural Policy.”

It began as a typical college campus panel discussion. Facts were recited.

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Minnesota Farmers are top users of USDA Conservation Program

More farmers in Minnesota than any other state have used a voluntary USDA program that aims to improve, maintain and expand on-farm conservation practices.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and encourages farmers to take measurable steps to improve soil, water quality, wildlife habitat and other conservation efforts.

Since the CSP program began in 2009, nearly 2 million acres of Minnesota farmland has been enrolled.

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