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December 2012 Archive for PFA Pioneer Blog

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Farm bill tied to the fiscal cliff

Dec 21, 2012

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter

Dec. 15, 2012

Farm bill options limited; 2008 bill extention likely

 

House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) is reviewing options for moving an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill as odds tumble for completing a five-year farm bill during this session of Congress. An extension would give lawmakers additional time to produce a multi-year bill in the new 113th Congress if the two agriculture committees cannot produce a compromise or cannot find a vehicle to which they can attach an agreement now. Lucas is planning to mark up a farm bill Feb. 27 if there is no final bill in the lame-duck session, says Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), ranking member on the committee.

 

If there is no action on extending the 2008 Farm Bill, permanent law will take effect starting Jan. 1, 2013. Dairy price support levels would double from current levels to nearly $39 per cwt. of milk under 1949 law. Although USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says he will carry out permanent law details, Pro Farmer has noted previously he can avoid acting right away if USDA chooses to use the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act to propose rules to implement permanent law.

 

The holdup is the inability of the White House and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to reach an agreement on how to proceed to prevent tax increases on U.S. consumers. Unfortunately, chief negotiators are focused on saving political face and on getting the deal done rather than its contents. There will be a deal — either yet this year or a short extension of current taxes and spending that kicks the can further down the road. If extended, it will then be up to the 113th Congress to take up the issue again to stem deficit spending. If the country does fall over the fiscal cliff, it will somehow pull a “Wile E. Coyote” and cling to a tree branch until a deal is done to prevent the biggest one-time tax increase in American history.

 

Veteran observers say a few days are needed to settle the latest congressional dust. When lawmakers return Dec. 27, the hope is for more substantial and meaningful negotiations on the lingering issues.

Make plans now to attend one of these Profit Briefings! The 2012-13 schedule of Profit Briefing Seminars (sponsored by DuPont Pioneer) stretches across the Midwest and into the South this year. And we’ve added a session to the agenda — Pro Farmer Inputs Monitor Reporter Davis Michaelsen will provide our fertilizer and fuel price outlook and buying recommendations for spring 2013.
 

Profit Briefings feature farm bill and Washington outlooks; economic and farmland perspectives from LandOwner Editor Mike Walsten and crop and livestock market updates from the PF editors. We hope to see you at one of these meetings! Call Shelley at 1-800-772-0023 for more information and to register.

Jan. 8: Owatonna, Minnesota
Jan. 9: Independence, Iowa
Jan. 15: Lafayette, Indiana
Jan. 16: Peoria, Illinois


 

Follow Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory on Twitter: @ChipFlory


To see more of what Pro Farmer has to offer, be sure to visit www.profarmer.com.

December Crop Tour

Dec 14, 2012

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter

Dec. 15, 2012

December issue of Crop Tour newsletter now available!

We cover the latest South American crop conditions and show "just how dry it is" in the U.S. in the December issue of Pro Farmer's Crop Tour newsletter. Click here to view the letter, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer!

Make plans now to attend one of these Profit Briefings! The 2012-13 schedule of Profit Briefing Seminars (sponsored by DuPont Pioneer) stretches across the Midwest and into the South this year. And we’ve added a session to the agenda — Pro Farmer Inputs Monitor Reporter Davis Michaelsen will provide our fertilizer and fuel price outlook and buying recommendations for spring 2013.
 

Profit Briefings feature farm bill and Washington outlooks; economic and farmland perspectives from LandOwner Editor Mike Walsten and crop and livestock market updates from the PF editors. We hope to see you at one of these meetings! Call Shelley at 1-800-772-0023 for more information and to register.

Dec. 18: Quincy, Illinois
Dec. 19: Rock Island, Illinois
Jan. 8: Owatonna, Minnesota
Jan. 9: Independence, Iowa
Jan. 15: Lafayette, Indiana
Jan. 16: Peoria, Illinois


 

Follow Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory on Twitter: @ChipFlory


To see more of what Pro Farmer has to offer, be sure to visit www.profarmer.com.

Vilsack says Ag Needs to 'Pick its Fights'

Dec 10, 2012

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter

Dec. 7, 2012

Vilsack: Ag must strategically pick ‘fights’

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at last week’s Farm Journal Forum criticized some farm groups and others for picking fights like food stamps, regulations and animal welfare, saying such actions are alienating the rest of the country and jeopardizing farm programs.

“We need a proactive message and not a reactive message,” Vilsack said.

• On why we don’t have a farm bill: “It isn’t just the differences of policy. It’s the fact that rural America with a (continued) shrinking (and aging) population is becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country.”

• On renewable fuels: “You’re hearing the RFS is history. I’m here to say it’s not. I believe we’ll continue to see a robust commitment from this administration to the RFS.”

• On climate change: Vilsack said research is needed to mitigate the impact of climate change and repeated his interest in maximizing land use by increasing the practice of double-cropping, including helping find markets for the production from double-cropping and research in improving doublecropping enterprises.

• On river transportation: Vilsack said President Obama is concerned about water levels on the Mississippi River, and has directed the matter be dealt with.

• On direct payments via the farm bill: Vilsack recalled his first speech as Ag Secretary was to a cotton group and he told them direct payments were gone. “I was right the first time,” he said.

• On food stamps: Vilsack repeated what he has said before on this topic – that most of the food stamp recipients “played by the rules” and truly qualify for such payments, including those on social security, disability, children and those whose wages are well below what is needed. He noted benefits of food stamps go to (1) those who get them; (2) grocery stores; (3) jobs affiliated with moving food bought via food stamps; (4) packaging and processing in the food sector to provide products; and (5) part of a safety net for farmers as food is purchased by the needy.

Vilsack said some people think the money cut from food stamps would go to other farm bill programs, but that is not the case. He stressed there is always a need for reform for ways to improve the program — “until we get to zero fraud and abuse, we can always do better.”

• Regarding helping find spending cuts at USDA: Vilsack said he has told appropriators and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to “give us time to manage” and find savings internally. He said if across-the-board (sequestration) cuts would come via failure to reach agreement on fiscal cliff matters, it would limit USDA’s flexibility to make adjustments.

Make plans now to attend one of these Profit Briefings! The 2012-13 schedule of Profit Briefing Seminars (sponsored by DuPont Pioneer) stretches across the Midwest and into the South this year. And we’ve added a session to the agenda — Pro Farmer Inputs Monitor Reporter Davis Michaelsen will provide our fertilizer and fuel price outlook and buying recommendations for spring 2013.
 

Profit Briefings feature farm bill and Washington outlooks; economic and farmland perspectives from LandOwner Editor Mike Walsten and crop and livestock market updates from the PF editors. We hope to see you at one of these meetings! Call Shelley at 1-800-772-0023 for more information and to register.

Dec. 11: Tunica, Mississippi
Dec. 12: Columbus, Ohio
Dec. 18: Quincy, Illinois
Dec. 19: Rock Island, Illinois
Jan. 8: Owatonna, Minnesota
Jan. 9: Independence, Iowa
Jan. 15: Lafayette, Indiana
Jan. 16: Peoria, Illinois


 

Follow Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory on Twitter: @ChipFlory


To see more of what Pro Farmer has to offer, be sure to visit www.profarmer.com.

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