Farm Bill Issues
Dan Piller reported yesterday at the Green Fields Blog (Des Moines Register) that, “The Iowa Farm Bureau’s policy conference reversed itself Wednesday morning. After lengthy debate and a multitude of motions, the group approved a resolution stating that compliance with conservation programs not be a condition for purchasing federally subsidized insurance programs.
“The new resolution reads ‘the Iowa Farm Bureau supports conservation compliance; however, eligibility for federal crop insurance should not be subject to farm program conservation requirements.’
“If federal direct payments to farmers are eliminated by congress, as is widely expected, federal agriculture and environmental regulators would be left without a compliance requirement if conservation compliance were not added to insurance eligibility. Such compliance was linked to farm insurance for decades but removed in 1996.”