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Ag Panel Leaders Likely Will Announce Farm Bill Agreement Today

November 18, 2011
By: Jim Wiesemeyer, Pro Farmer Washington Consultant

via a special arrangement with Informa Economics, Inc.

To deal with budget issue, revenue protection payment calculation goes from 85% to 60% of planted acres

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House and Senate Ag Committee leaders hope to issue an announcement today that an agreement has been reached relative to some details of a new farm bill. It is unclear whether the leaders will unveil actual language. The leaders will also reportedly say they have received positive feedback from some Super Committee members to include the agreement relative to any debt reduction package.

Significant changes have been made relative to previous farmer safety net proposals, sources advise, largely because Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) insisted on going from a county to the farm level in determining revenue protection (RP) payments. The change: RP payments would be based on 60 percent of planted acres (base acres no longer used) as opposed to the prior 85 percent. The changes make the RP option less attractive for some producers, especially rice, contacts advise.

Program crop producers other than cotton (who will be limit to their Stacked Income Protection plan (STAX) will likely be provided a one-time option of going with the traditional target price program, albeit at higher levels, or a revenue protection option. Subject to change, sources say the following would be the new target prices:


Wheat $5.50 (current is $4.17)


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