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Push is on to get to farm bill end zone

Oct 18, 2013

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

October 18, 2013

Note: The following is from this week's issue of Pro Farmer newsletter and was written by Pro Farmer editor Chip Flory and Pro Farmer Washington Consultant Jim Wiesemeyer.


Push is on to get to farm bill end zone
 

 

Official farm bill conference committee meetings won’t happen until the week of Oct. 28, but the heavy lifting has started. The goal: Start conference with a framework agreement.

SNAP spending will be worked out by House and Senate leaders, the Obama admin. and USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack. That leaves several unsettled issues for the farm safety net.

  • Sen. Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) wants farm safety net payments on base acres. House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) prefers planted acres up to base. The ability to update base acres seems unlikely.
  • Stabenow is pushing for an “all-in” approach to the safety net, allowing farmers to qualify for both revenue (shallow loss) and price loss (target price) protection.
  • The all-in approach is possible if agreement can be reached on target prices. Compromise is needed with Senate-proposed target prices well below House-proposed targets.
  • Odds are declining for supply-management in the dairy program. In discussion — a combination of a modified MILC program at a set production level with a gross margin program, including a “feed adjuster” component.
  • A conservation compliance linkage to crop insurance cannot be ruled out. House opposes it, but it could be included if farmers are given time to comply without penalty and if insurance agents are not tasked with verifying compliance.
     


 



 

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