FarmPolicy

April 20, 2014

Interview: Sen. Durbin Talks Farm Bill, Budget Issues

Categories: Budget /Farm Bill

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Il.) discussed the Farm Bill and budget issues in a brief interview today on WEEK-TV (Peoria, Il.).

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Fox News Video: Secretary of Agriculture talks US Drought

Today on the Fox News Channel “Happening Now” program, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the ongoing U.S. drought and USDA’s response to the situation.

Sec. Vilsack also spoke briefly about the crop insurance program and the Farm Bill.


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Farm Bill; Budget; and, the Ag Economy- Wednesday

Farm Bill – Policy Issues

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “While direct payments are included in the farm-bill extension, producers shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for the check to show up this fall.

“Direct payments normally are sent out in the fall, which gives Congress several opportunities before then to step in and redirect USDA from issuing direct payments, which cost about $5 billion a year.

But barring action from lawmakers, USDA will plan to comply with the law and send out the checks, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.”

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