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House Members Rally behind Farmers Feeding the World

U.S. Representatives Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) and Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) join the list of bipartisan policymakers who have voiced their support for the Farmers Feeding the World initiative. Read More.

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May 2012

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Jon Scholl,
American Farmland Trust

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill

The 2012 farm bill passed through the Senate Agriculture Committee in late April, by a vote of 16-4, as amended. Committee Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow says the bill is dedicated to "reducing the deficit by $23 billion.” The elimination of direct payments and the inclusion of risk management options are new to the bill. Read More.

Controversial Child Labor Rule Withdrawn

The U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn a controversial proposal that would have placed more stringent rules on minors' work on farms. The Department said it will withdraw the proposed rule dealing with children under the age of 16 who work in agricultural vocations. Read More.

Firms to Invest in Food Production for World’s Poor

The Obama administration has drafted some of the world’s largest food and finance companies to invest more than $3 billion in projects aimed at helping the world’s poorest farmers grow enough food to not only feed themselves and their families but to earn a livelihood as well. Read More.

California Heads for Vote on Modified Food Labeling

Californians are on course to vote on whether genetically modified food must be labeled, after a campaign targeting Monsanto Co. and other biotech-crop companies gathered enough support for a referendum. State certification of the petition followed by approval from 50% of voters would make the proposal law. Read More.

U.N. Says Nations Endorse Anti-Land Grab Policy

Voluntary guidelines to combat ''land grabbing" and safeguard the rights of people to own or access land and forests were endorsed May 11 by a committee on world food security, a U.N. food agency said. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said the guidelines outline "principles and practices" that governments can refer to when making laws and administering farmland, fisheries and forest rights. Read More.

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American agriculture finds itself poised to supply a growing world demand for food, fiber and fuel. But will our farmers and ranchers have enough sustainable, healthy farm and ranchland to meet the challenge?

There is no question about the level of future demand. Indeed, the most recent USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report indicates that this year’s corn crop will be planted on more than 96 million acres, the largest acreage since 1937. Overall, program crop acreage will increase a projected 8.6 million acres this year over last. China alone is expected to demand a 60% increase in imports. Global demand for all grains is projected to be up more than 5.6% this year over last year.

Moreover, this is not a short-term bubble. By 2050, the world will hold 2.3 billion more people.
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