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July 2013 Archive for PFA Pioneer Blog

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Lucas: 'Consensus is elusive'

Jul 26, 2013

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

July 26, 2013

Lucas: ‘Consensus is, at the very least, elusive.’
 

That understated quote comes from House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.). He says he’s still trying to reach consensus between Democrats and the far-right of the GOP on how to move forward with a stand-alone nutrition bill to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would eventually be rolled into a conference committee with the Senate on an all-inclusive farm bill.

Rep. Steve Southerland (R- Fla.) says he expects House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to attempt to bring a SNAP bill to the House floor in September. Southerland says, “It was never our desire to pass farm bill legislation and not address SNAP. We’re having these meetings... to address both farm policy as well as nutrition.”

If the House does not pass a nutrition bill to get an official farm bill conference underway with the Senate in September (a month which has only nine legislative days), Lucas says he is anticipating a possible extension of the current farm bill. He adds, “It’s my least favorite option."

Lucas wants ‘permanent law’ repealed now —

The House farm bill would repeal the 1938 Act and 1949 Act as permanent farm legislation and replace it with whatever can be passed in the new Commodity Title (Title 1) of the new bill.

Lucas told Ron Hays, of the Oklahoma Farm Report and Radio Oklahoma Network, “The old logic was if you had a ‘38 and a ’49 law on the books that were so horrendous, so impossible to implement, that will force action. In the new environment, my friends on the left and my friends on the right don’t care. They just don’t care. The group I’m now part of will just simply repeal a ’38 and ’49 law when it takes effect and we’ll have nothing. That’s what I’m afraid of.”



 

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Why bean acres shouldn't be headed higher

Jul 19, 2013

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

July 19, 2013

Here's a taste of this week's Pro Farmer newsletter I think you'll find interesting. Heading into the Aug. 12 Crop Production Report, don't be surprised if many believe USDA will increase its estimate of planted bean acres. After reading this, you'll see why I don't think that's going to happen.


Resurvey of soybean planted acreage now underway

USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) is “resurveying” planted soybean acres now through the end of the month ahead of the August 12 Crop Production Report.

Officially, NASS is resurveying bean plantings in 14 states. In reality, NASS is rechecking fields that were intended to be planted to soybeans ahead of the June Acreage Report to see if those fields were actually planted. A NASS official familiar with the process told us, “We plan to visit the fields from our June survey that had soybeans left to be planted.”

Technically, if USDA is only rechecking fields that were intended to be planted to soybeans, NASS will not “find” acres that were still intended to be planted to corn during the June Acreage Report survey, but ended up being planted to soybeans. Therefore, any adjustments to USDA’s June estimate of 77.728 million acres should be only to the downside.

If USDA finds all the acres labeled as “intended to be planted to beans” in the Acreage Report were planted, then planted bean acres for the August Crop Production Report would be unchanged at 77.728 million.
 



 

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Ag's Waning Political Clout

Jul 12, 2013

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

July 12, 2013

You all know Jim Wiesemeyer... he's our Pro Farmer Washington consultant. Nobody is better at sorting out what's happening (really happening) in Washington ag circles than Jim. Today's update is a small portion from his daily column on www.profarmer.com. There is much more to see there, but the topic of discussion I decided to bring here is going to to see increased discussion around the Midwest in the weeks and months to come. It's about the declining "clout" of farm groups in Washington. Here it is:


Jim says...

"Farm group lobbyists. The House farm bill was approved despite active opposition from the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union. This is vivid proof of the growing lack of clout of farm group lobbyists. Some commodity groups actively supported the House farm bill, some with reservations, and those included cotton, rice, peanuts and fresh produce.

"The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), which clearly favors the Senate farm bill versus the House, endorsed the House bill at the last minute as a means to get a conference panel started. 'We urge members of the House to approve the bill and we expect immediate action by a conference committee to secure a five-year farm bill we can support,' the corn growers said prior to the House vote. 'However,' NCGA added, 'our action in no way reflects our approval of its contents or the manner in which it came to the floor. Unless significant change is made to the bill in the conference committee, we will strongly urge its rejection by the Senate and the House.'

"The NCGA favors the Senate Ag Risk Coverage (ACR) safety net, also called shallow loss payments, that is based on planted acres, but insists that target prices, favored by rice and peanuts growers and some corn and soybean growers beyond the 'I' states, be determined on base acres. The House farm bill sets target price payments based on planted acres up to base acres."


Jim also included some links to the following Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that provide background on lingering farm bill issues. Check them out... they're all very interesting.

Link to What is a Farm Bill?

Link to Budget Issues Shaping a Farm Bill in 2013

Link to Expiration and Possible Extension of the 2008 Farm Bill



 

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