December 10, 2019

Farm Bill; Trade; Animal Agriculture; Ag Economy; Climate Issues; and Financial Regulation

Farm Bill: House Ag Committee Field Hearing- Fresno, California

Robert Rodriguez reported yesterday at the Fresno Bee Online that, “Help for struggling dairies, incentives for reducing air pollution and support for a legal farm work force are among the items on California agriculture’s wish list for the 2012 Farm Bill.

“Nearly a dozen farmers testified to members of the House Agriculture Committee during a hearing Monday at the Fresno City Council Chambers.”

The article noted that, “Jamie Bledsoe, a Riverdale dairy operator and president of Western United Dairymen, detailed how high production costs and low dairy prices have put many California dairymen in a financial tailspin for at least the last 18 months. Bledsoe urged the committee members to create a farm safety net program that looks not just at low milk prices, but also the high costs of grain, forage and energy.

“Also gaining attention during the May 3 hearing was a non-traditional farm bill issue — the call for immigration reform.”