January 20, 2020

Farm Bill Issues; Ag Economy; Trade; and Biofuels

Farm Bill Issues

Dan Piller reported on Saturday at The Des Moines Register Online that, “U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told an Iowa State Fair audience Friday that he hopes the next farm bill will preserve conservation programs that have been a part of federal farm legislation since the 1930s. But the former two-term Iowa governor said economics makes continuation of conservation efforts uncertain.

“‘There was less interest by farmers in the last round of CRP signups,’ Vilsack said, referring to the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program where farmers idle land in return for government payments.

“‘In an era of high commodity prices and high costs, farmers are under more pressure.’”