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October 30, 2014

FarmPolicy.com Summary- 2012 Farm Bill Ideas

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FarmPolicy.com Summary- 2012 Farm Bill Ideas

– Overview from the Congressional Research Service.  “Farm Safety Net Proposals for the 2012 Farm Bill.” (11.10).

– Overview from the Congressional Research Service.  “Farm Safety Net Proposals for the 2012 Farm Bill.” (10.6).

American Farmland Trust.  “Ten Farm Safety Net Proposals Side by Side—AFT Releases Assessment.” (10.18).  Full report by Dr. Carl Zulauf (Ohio State University)- “Assessment and Comparison of Farm Safety Net Proposals.”

- National Cotton Council. National Cotton Council 2012 Farm Policy Statement.” (8.26). Related Discussion.

- National Corn Growers Assoc.Managing Risk With a Consolidated Safety Net for Growers.” (9/9). Related Discussion.

- National Farmers Union.NFU Unveils Study to Present Policy Options to Reduce Farm Bill Costs.” (9/13).  Full Study. Key Findings.

Update: Wallaces Farmer Online reported on October 10 that, “NFU says risk management must be made economical for all farmers, regardless of crop or geographic region, and that the next farm bill should use the funding from and combine parts of the SURE, Average Crop Revenue Election, countercyclical and direct payment programs. Mandatory disaster assistance should be improved so payments are reflective of actual market prices.”

- Executive Branch Plan.  “Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future: The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit.” (9.19).  Related Discussion here and here.  Specific analysis regarding crop insurance provisions available hereUPDATE: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speech in Iowa (10.24).  Transcript, Related Discussion hereUPDATE: Sec. of Ag. Tom Vilsack interview with Ron Hays of the Radio Oklahoma Network (10.26).

- National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).  “NSAC Releases Letter to the Super Committee and Farm Bill Budget Views; Comments on Obama Farm Budget Proposals.” (9.20).  Details here: “NSAC’s 2012 Farm Bill Platform.”

– Sen Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.  “Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM).”   (9.23).   Specifics here, Calculation Example here, Legislative Language, hereRelated Discussion.

Iowa Soybean Association- “Iowa Soybean Association Asks Lawmakers’ Continued Support For Strong U.S. Agriculture.”  (9.23).  “The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) released its Farm Bill Priorities paper on Tuesday, making the point, ‘U.S. agriculture in general is the brightest spot in the economy. U.S. farmers now export 40 million acres of whole soybeans and even more in meal, oil and livestock products as a result of public and private investments in research that has led to increased yields, trade development programs and an improved transportation system.'”

- “56 Groups Urge Budget Cutters to Protect Agricultural Conservation —Protecting Water, Soil and Wildlife- Provides Great Public Benefit.”  Details: “Principles for Strengthening the Conservation Title.”  (9.28).

Brief Summary:

“The 56 coalition members are asking Congress to:  Put a high priority on funding critical conservation programs at the current baseline level of $6.5 billion a year; Strengthen and enforce provisions that require farmers to implement basic conservation practices in return for farm subsidies and extend them to insurance subsidies; Target conservation dollars where the opportunities for conservation and environmental outcomes are greatest; Streamline existing programs by reducing unnecessary administrative burdens and ramp up their effectiveness by linking payments to performance and focusing more on whole-farm and whole-ranch conservation systems; and, Ensure that all segments of the farming community – women, minorities and beginning farmers – have access to funding and technical assistance.”

–  American Soybean Association.  “ASA’s 2012 Farm Bill Proposal: ‘Risk Management for America’s Farmers,’ Savings Would Be Used for Agriculture’s Share of Deficit Reduction.” (9.29).  More details available here.

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.  “NCFC Executive Board Approves Farmer Co-op Priorities for the Farm Bill.”  (9.29)  Related documents: NCFC Farm Bill Framework, NCFC Regulatory Moratorium Fact Sheet.

–  American Farm Bureau Federation. “American Farm Bureau Federation Policy Recommendations for the 2012 Farm Bill.”  (9.29). UPDATE: 10.17- Letter to Ag Committees regarding “shallow loss” proposals.  10.21- News Release, “AFBF Proposes ‘Systemic Risk Reduction’ Farm Program.”  Proposal available here, related letter available here.

American Sheep Industry AssociationHigh Plains Journal news article, “Sheep industry shares farm bill priorities.”  (10.3).

– Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana).  “The Rural Economic Farm and Ranch Sustainability and Hunger (REFRESH) Act of 2011.”  (10.5).  One page summary here.  Related articles here and here.

– Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-TX).  (10.5).  “Neugebauer Introduces the Crop Act of 2011.”  (H.R. 3107).

National Association of Conservation Districts. “Diverse Coalition Urges Super Committee to Support Farm Bill Conservation Programs.”  (10.12).

– “Congress gets California farm bill proposals.” (Western Farm Press article- 10.18).  Full report, “California and the Farm Bill.”

– Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).  “Congresswoman Chellie Pingree will introduce major agriculture legislation.” (10.24)  “Proposal would create farm jobs, expand access to local food.” UPDATE: Local television news coverage of the bill, via YouTube. (10.25). UPDATE: “Pingree introduces Local Farms, Food, Jobs Act in House.” (11.1).  “[Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)] Introduces Bill to Expand Markets for Farmers and Increase Access to Local Foods.” (11.1).  National Farmers Union.  “Local Foods Bill Promotes Healthy, Vibrant Rural America.” (11.1).

– Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).  Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011 (H.R. 3236) (introduced 10.14).  Related background on the bill here, and related news release here (10.24).

Letter from the Rural Coalition, National Family Farm Coalition, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and other organizations to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders highlighting Farm Bill priorities that impact beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. (10.24).

National Association of Wheat Growers.  (10.25).  Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders highlighting Farm Bill priorities.

– Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and environmental, taxpayer and free enterprise advocates.  (10.26).  “Growing Opportunities: Family Farm Values For Reforming the Farm Bill.”  News release here.

American Association of Crop Insurers.  “2012 Farm Bill Position.”

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Citizens Against Government Waste, and National Taxpayers Union.  (10.26). “Ax Wasteful Agriculture Subsidies, Groups Urge Super Committee.” Related letter here.

– “Renewable Energy Leaders, Agricultural Producers Urge Congress to Include Energy Title in New Farm Bill.”  (10.21)  A coalition of nearly 50 trade groups and organizations representing renewable energy, energy efficiency, farm, and forest interests sent a letter to the leaders of the House Agriculture and Senate Agriculture Committees to urge inclusion of a robust energy title in any new Farm Bill legislation.

– Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI).  (10.26).  Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders highlighting Farm Bill priorities.

The Izaak Walton League of America.  (10.25).   “No Cost Ag Rule Sought in [Recommendations] to Super Committee.”

– A group of over 30 national and regional organizations, including the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.  (10.27).  Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders highlighting the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, Specialty Crop Research Initiative, and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Advanced Ethanol Council.  (10.28).  News release- “In a letter to Senate and House ag leaders, the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) urged the current farm bill discussion to include extensions and smart modifications to a number of important rural energy initiatives currently being administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.  (11.1).  News release- “As the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees reportedly finalize a Farm Bill reauthorization proposal to submit to the Super Committee this week–and trim $23 billion from Farm Bill programs in the process–NASDA President Bill Northey articulated NASDA’s Farm Bill priorities in a letter sent to Agriculture Committee leaders last week.”

American Farmland Trust. (11.2).  Agenda 2012: Farm Bill Positions and Papers.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  (11.2) White Paper- “U.S. Agriculture and Nutrition Policy Statement: Transforming American Food and Agriculture Policy.”

– Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas).  (11.2)  “Huelskamp Calls for New Farm Bill Title to Address Overregulation.”

The Independent Community Bankers of America.  (11.2).  Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders

– Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD).  (11.3).  Sent a letter to the supercommittee regarding the issue of “tighter payment limitations for Title I commodity programs.”

– Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.).  (11.3).  “27 Members Advise Super Committee to Avoid Secret Farm Bill.”

– Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama).  (11.7).  Letter to the supercommittee regarding nutrition programs (SNAP benefits, food stamps)).

American Enterprise Institute.  “American Boondoggle: Fixing the 2012 Farm Bill.” (7/13).

 

Dairy Specific

– Overview from the Congressional Research Service.  “Dairy Farm Support: Legislative Proposals in the 112th Congress.”  (10.28).

– “Peterson, Simpson Introduce The Dairy Security Act of 2011.”  (9.23).  Press conference replay hereNational Milk Producers Federation news release, and related article hereThe International Dairy Foods AssociationStatement of Connie Tipton, IDFA President and CEO.  (9.26).

– “Casey Introduces the Dairy Advancement Act.”  Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.)- “The bill encourages development of new dairy products, improves producer revenues and makes milk pricing easier to understand.” (10.12).  The International Dairy Foods AssociationStatement of Connie Tipton, IDFA President and CEO.

Wisconsin Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.  (10.24).  News release- “Wisconsin Dairy Business Association & Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Oppose Dairy Security Act:  Economic Modeling Shows that with Strong Participation by Dairy Farms, USDA Could Spend Up to $3 Billion – About $2 Billion More than Current Dairy Programs.”

National Milk Producers Federation.  (11.1) News release- “Mixed Findings from Dairy Policy Study Illustrate Shortcomings of Simplistic Interpretation of Economic Analysis.”

Dairy Business Association.  (11.2).  Statement From Laurie Fischer, Executive Director regarding the National Milk Producers Federation news release from 11.1.

National Farmers Union (NFU).  (10.28).  News release- “NFU sent a letter to leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Agriculture Committees urging them to continue working to reform dairy policy in the farm bill as part of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction process. The Dairy Security Act of 2011 (DSA) could lead to further vertical integration of the dairy industry if additional steps are not taken.”

International Dairy Foods Association.  (11.3).  News Release- “Top executives of six of the country’s biggest dairy exporters strongly object to the Dairy Security Act of 2011. In a letter sent today to members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, they outlined the negative effects the act would have on domestic and global dairy markets and said it has no place in deficit-reduction talks. It is expected that the dairy program will be part of the recommendations submitted by House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders to the supercommittee for inclusion in the debt-reduction bill. ”

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Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and Regulations

Farm Bill Proposals, Budget Issues

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported on Friday that, “With a new proposal from a bipartisan group of senators, the fight over the farm safety net and commodity program survival is shifting from direct payments to the permanent disaster program.

“Possible policy options are coming in quickly as the congressional super committee begins its work to cut the rate of growth of the federal debt over the next decade. The House and Senate Agriculture Committees have less than one month to offer proposed budget cuts as part of the process. It’s becoming more evident that the super committee process will translate into writing the next farm bill.”

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