January 19, 2020

Johanns Outlines 2007 Farm Bill Proposals

Categories: Farm Bill

Ag Policy Soup, the podcast has been updated.

Today’s segment includes excerpts from a presentation by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, who outlined the Bush administration’s proposals with respect to the 2007 Farm Bill this morning.

The audio report also includes analysis from Mary Kay Thatcher of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Scott Faber, the Farm Policy Campaign Director for Environmental Defense.

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Reuters: “The [U.S.D.A] Package Would Propose a New Approach to Farm Supports — So-Called Revenue Assurance That Protects Farm Income.”

I. U.S.D.A. Farm Bill Proposal
II. Trade-Doha
III. T.P.A- Farm Bill- Doha- Analysis of the Triangle
IV. Budget

I. U.S.D.A. Farm Bill Proposal

A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture news release stated that, “Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns will report back to the people on the Bush Administration’s farm bill proposals. These proposals reflect the views heard during USDA’s 52 Farm Bill Forums held across the country. Webcast: January 31, 2007 10:00 a.m.

“WHO: Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns

“WHAT: Discussion about Administration’s farm bill proposals

“WHEN: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 10:00 a.m. EST

“Please join us for the webcast at 10:00 a.m. EST – will require Windows Media Player. The link to the webcast can be found at”

Reuters writer Charles Abbott reported yesterday that, “The Bush administration plan to overhaul the U.S. farm program is too timid to meet its goal of producing 35 billion gallons a year of biofuels, said a Senate chairman briefed on the proposal on Tuesday.

“The package would propose a new approach to farm supports — so-called revenue assurance that protects farm income. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns was scheduled to unveil the package on Wednesday.

“By revising U.S. crop supports, the Bush administration could improve prospects for a world trade agreement as well as save money. Brazil won a World Trade Organization ruling against a U.S. cotton subsidy in 2004 and Canada challenged U.S. corn supports this month.”

President Bush discusses trade in a speech yesterday at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois.

Mr. Abbott indicated that, “[Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)] declined to say if the administration would propose elimination of price support loans as part of its revenue assurance proposal. During an impromptu session with reporters, he repeatedly said more money was needed to develop biofuels.”

Concluding, Mr. Abbott added that, “Johanns seemed certain to propose elimination of the ban on growing fruits and vegetables on land eligible for crop subsidies, said one trade group official. It would be offset by more money for research and marketing promotion for fruit, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops.”