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  • Dec 11, 2012

    Prospects for a New Farm Bill 6

    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 and 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 and 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
  • Sep 12, 2012
    Corn and Soybean Digest

    NCGA: 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. Pam Johnson, Iowa farmer and first vice president of the corn board for National Corn Growers Association, spoke at the 2012 Farm Progress Show and reminded listeners of the wide-ranging impact agriculture has and how the farm bill doesn't just affect farmers....More
  • Aug 9, 2012
    Corn and Soybean Digest

    2012 Farm Bill Update

    The Senate passed a farm bill earlier this summer, and the house bill is still in limbo. While at FarmFest this year, Kent Thiesse, vice president, MinnStar Bank and former Extension educator, talked with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who sits on the Senate ag committee. From the Senate passing a non-partisan bill, to the livestock indemnity program that was lost last year from the 2008 Farm Bill, to having a strong crop insurance program, Klobuchar is hopeful for a 2012 Farm Bill. She stressed the importance of passing a new bill, and not extending the 2008 version....More
  • Jul 10, 2012

    House Ag Committee Drafts Farm Bill

    The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday proposed a new U.S. farm bill that would cut spending on agriculture and food aid by $35 billion over 10 years, $11.4 billion more than the farm bill passed by the Senate in June....More
  • May 8, 2012

    Farm Bill Details and Analysis

    Although the Senate Ag Committee’s farm bill draft is just that – a draft – it will certainly be the starting point for further negotiations in formulating the final bill. We gave the framework for the key new programs, but you can take a look at the full bill here (pdf)....More
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