Tag Archives: Farm Bill

Farm Bill Update

Producers have decisions to make regarding program coverage. As peanut harvest got underway, USDA unveiled some of the new programs available to producers through enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill. Those programs are said to help producers better manage risk and provide the safety net needed in the agriculture business. “Farming is one of the riskiest businesses in the world,” ... Read More »

News Briefs

Slow Progress On Farm Bill Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and House Ag Chairman, Frank Lucas (R-OK), have said they would like to move versions of the Farm Bill this spring. In discussions, the sticking points are the commodity and nutrition programs. Sen. Stabenow says that the ag committee is having difficulties in finding agreement on the commodity ... Read More »

Disaster Assistance Programs Restored By Farm Bill

USDA announces sign-up period at FSA offices. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Years Of Waiting “We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. ... Read More »

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New Ag Deputy Secretary From Georgia Krysta Harden of Camilla, Ga., is the new Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. A Georgia native, Harden has served as the chief of staff at USDA since 2011, where she earned high regard from a wide range of individuals for her no-nonsense approach to problem solving. She replaces Kathleen Merrigan in the second-highest post in ... Read More »

Market Watch

No contract offers to encourage peanut planting By J. Tyron Spearman Contributing Editor Every peanut year is different. But 2013 is mounting to be the most unusual in the history of the peanut industry. Planting has begun in most regions without any signing of contracts, and never before has China been a prominent factor in the peanut market. Plus, it ... Read More »

News Briefs

Slow Progress On Farm Bill Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and House Ag Chairman, Frank Lucas (R-OK), have said they would like to move versions of the Farm Bill this spring. In discussions, the sticking points are the commodity and nutrition programs. Sen. Stabenow says that the ag committee is having difficulties in finding agreement on the commodity ... Read More »

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Less Savings From Same Farm Bills The possibility of getting a five-year Farm Bill passed just got harder. A new Congressional Budget Office estimate says the amount of savings has changed since last summer and it is much less. The Senate bill savings estimate now stands at $13.1 billion over 10 years, not $23.1 billion. The House bill savings figure ... Read More »

News Briefs

Farm Bill Takes A Back Seat Again The Farm Bill is having a hard time getting any attention in Washington, D.C. The Obama Administration is expected to submit to Congress its FY14 budget to start this year’s budgeting and appropriations process. Over the next few months, Congress will hold hearings on the budget, and the House and Senate budget committees ... Read More »

Market Watch

2013 Begins With Need For Patience As Market Develops By J. Tyron Spearman Contributing Editor The U.S. peanut industry has been in an over-supply position before and worked out of it. Production of 3.2 million tons is more than anyone predicted, and with the struggling economies at home and abroad, it may take longer to solve this dilemma. The good ... Read More »