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  • Mar 7, 2013

    Details On Proposed Bill To Reduce Crop Insurance Subsidies 23

    Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, said yesterday, "The crop insurance program has turned into a huge taxpayer-funded boon for some of the biggest, multi-national insurance companies and multi-millionaire farmers. In a time of record deficits and an incomprehensible $16.5 trillion in debt, this program can no longer be justified in its current form."...More
  • Jan 29, 2013

    Farm Bill Likely to Take Back Seat 1

    Congress seems unlikely to pass a new five-year farm bill any time soon with talks on the federal budget and the U.S. debt ceiling likely to be lawmakers’ main focus in coming months. The deadline for raising the U.S. debt ceiling apparently will be pushed back to May 19 as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a temporary suspension of that ceiling last week and the Senate is expected to pass the same measure this week....More
  • Jan 8, 2013

    Farm Bill Extension for 2013 8

    As part of the congressional agreement that was passed to avoid the fiscal cliff, the 2008 Farm Bill was extended through the 2013 crop year, and will now expire on Sept. 30, 2013. The extension of the current farm bill was viewed as a big disappointment to several members of Congress from both parties, as well as by many agricultural organizations and other groups that were hoping for reform in ag policy with a new bill....More
  • Dec 11, 2012

    Prospects for a New Farm Bill 9

    The 2008 Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30, 2012, and some programs will be discontinued without a new farm bill, or an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. In late June 2012, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the next farm bill, which was followed by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee passing a Farm Bill out of Committee during the summer months. However, the U.S. House failed to take up the bill on the House floor prior to the congressional recess before the 2012 Election....More
  • Dec 4, 2012

    Fiscal Cliff Will Affect Farm Operators 1

    The so-called “fiscal cliff” is a name that has been attached to the combination off spending cuts and tax increases at the federal level that are scheduled to take effect at the end of 2012, if Congress fails to reach an agreement to address the federal budget deficit. Both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House are trying to find a federal budget compromise that can be passed by both houses of Congress, and ultimately signed into law by President Obama....More
  • Nov 15, 2012
    Corn+Soybean Digest

    2012 Farm Bill: Post-Election Update

    Now that the 2012 election is over, it's time to turn our heads back to the farm bill. Congress has yet to pass a farm bill as a whole. The Senate passed their version this summer, and the House Agriculture Committee has passed a version. Kent Thiesse, former Extension educator and CSD digital columnist, talks about what needs to happen to pass a farm bill as well as the impacts farmers are feeling due to the current lack of farm bill....More
  • Sep 18, 2012

    Farm Bill Being Put Off

    The farm bill is being deferred to the post-election congressional session, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) told Reuters News Service on Monday. "It really remains unclear what will happen to the farm bill," he says, with options from a new five-year bill to an extension of current law for anywhere from three months to a year....More
  • Sep 12, 2012
    Corn+Soybean Digest

    ASA: Farm Bill Now!

    With less than a month left to pass the 2012 Farm Bill, commodity groups and farming organizations are banding together to pressure congress that a new farm bill is necessary, and doable. Steve Wellman, Syracuse, Neb. farmer and American Soybean Association president, spoke to attendees of the 2012 Farm Progress Show reminding them that the farm bill affects farm jobs well beyond the farm gate and that agriculture and the farm bill affect global trade....More

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