FarmPolicy

November 25, 2017

Farm Bill Issues; Trade; and Regulations

Categories: Audio /Farm Bill /Trade

Farm Bill Issues

At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday in Washington, D.C., Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified on a variety of Farm Bill issues relating to local food production and nutrition.

At the opening of the hearing, Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow noted that, “Local food programs represent a very small percentage of the Farm Bill, but they make a very big impact in our communities: Creating jobs and improving access to locally grown foods.”

The Michigan Democrat, who is up for reelection this year, emphasized that, “The continued success of the agricultural economy and the continued growth of jobs in agriculture require both, not either or – both-  traditional production agriculture, as well as local efforts.”  (related audio (MP3- 0:44)).

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Farm Bill; Trade; Regulations; and the Ag Economy

Farm Bill Issues

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) noted yesterday at The Hill’s Congress Blog that, “Americans enjoy the most abundant, safe and affordable food supply in the world. In fact, Americans spend less than 10 percent of their incomes on food — the lowest in the world. Citizens in many other countries spend over 50 percent of their incomes on food.

“Why is this? Certainly it’s the hard work of American farmers and ranchers, new technology and wise stewardship of our natural resources. But a national farm policy that supports agriculture and provides a safety net for our farmers also plays a role. Agriculture policy has evolved over the years but its primary focus has endured: food security for our nation.”

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