FarmPolicy

December 14, 2017

Video: Rep. Crowley Speaks Out Against GOP Cuts to Critical Nutrition Program

Categories: Farm Bill

May 16, 2013- Rep. Joseph Crowley (D., N.Y.) spoke on the House Floor against proposed GOP cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a critical nutrition program.

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Farm Bill; and the Ag Economy

Farm Bill: House Agriculture Committee Advances Legislation

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “The battle over dairy policy took center stage in the House Agriculture Committee’s early debate on the farm bill Wednesday as committee reforms to commodity and conservation programs were approved relatively unscathed.”

Mr. Clayton explained that, “Debate in the House put dairy policy front and center. The farm bill includes language from the Dairy Security Act, crafted by ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., following the collapse of dairy prices in 2009. Peterson and others worked to successfully get the dairy act into both the House and Senate versions of the bill. The Dairy Security Act creates a margin protection between national milk prices and the average cost of feed. Producers get basic coverage and can buy higher coverage if they want. At the same time, the provision has more controversial language that creates a market stabilization program meant to manage the size of the national dairy herd.

“The market stabilization program kicks in when dairy prices are low and profit margins collapse. Producers whose herd size exceeds a base amount would lose payments unless they culled down the size of their milking herd.”

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