What is in this article?:
- Senate Marks Up the 2013 Farm Bill
- Major Reform: Ending Direct Payments; Creating Responsible Risk Management
- Consolidating and Streamlining Programs
- Continuing Growth in America’s Diverse Agricultural Economy
Continuing Growth in America’s Diverse Agricultural Economy
The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act increases efficiency and accountability, saving tens of billions of dollars overall, while still strengthening agricultural jobs initiatives through:
- Export opportunitiesto help farmers find new global markets for their goods.
- Help for family farmers to sell locally, increasing support for farmers’ markets and spurring the creation of food hubs to connect farmers to schools and other community-based organizations.
- Training and access to capital to make it easier for beginning farmers to get off the ground.
- Initiatives to help American veterans start agriculture businesses.
- Growth in bio-based manufacturing (businesses producing goods in America from raw agricultural products grown in America) to create rural agriculture and urban manufacturing jobs.
- Innovation in bio-energy production, supporting non-food based advanced biomass energy production such as cellulosic ethanol and woody biomass power.
- Research to promote the commercialization of new agricultural innovations.
- Rural development initiatives to help rural communities upgrade infrastructure, extend broadband internet availability and create a better environment for small businesses.
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