Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:03 PM CST Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the tax credits for a broad array of businesses did not get a vote this year because key lawmakers on the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance committees all believe a major tax-reform bill is still possible.
Mon Dec 16, 2013 04:05 PM CST USDA cannot simply start buying milk products at higher support levels. Procedure has to be followed and thus far, USDA hasn't begun to openly inform anyone that it will be changing price programs for dairy in the immediate future. As of Monday, USDA has not submitted any proposed regulatory change to the White House Office of Management and Budget that would revert any commodity program to permanent law.
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:31 AM CST House and Senate Agriculture committee leaders said today that they expect both chambers of Congress to pass a new farm bill in early January, but lawmakers will not reveal details on the agreement until then.
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:31 AM CST Staff from the House Agriculture Committee stated that the House will debate HR 3695, the legislation to temporarily extend the 2008 farm bill. The House will debate the bill, with no amendments allowed, but is not scheduled to vote on it until Friday morning.
Wed Dec 11, 2013 09:24 PM CST The House Rules Committee voted 9-3 on Wednesday to advance a bill that would extend provisions of the 2008 farm bill until the end of January. The Rules Committee vote means the House will debate and vote Thursday on HR 3695, the legislation to temporarily extend the 2008 farm bill.
Wed Dec 11, 2013 06:51 AM CST At one time, a former chief economist at USDA characterized farm programs being debated in Congress as "A Multiplicity of Confused Concepts," which translated into the acronym AMOCC.
Tue Dec 10, 2013 01:56 PM CST EPA's latest strategic plan released last month shows the agency plans to reduce enforcement in all programs and to reduce the amount of pollutants removed from U.S. waters in the next five years.
Wed Dec 4, 2013 08:45 PM CST As the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the FAO, officially recognizes World Soil Day this year, more U.S. groups are highlighting soil health and the recognizing World Soil Day in different ways.
Sun Dec 1, 2013 12:44 PM CST While most of America was either shopping or watching football on Friday, EPA and USDA were posting a couple of key proposal changes in the Federal Register. EPA officiall proposed its RFS volumes while USDA announced a study on possible changes to the CRP.
Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:28 PM CST Three major commodity groups would oppose a new farm bill and support extending the 2008 farm law for as much as two more years, as well as a cut in Direct Payments, rather than see target prices recoupled to planted acres.
Fri Nov 22, 2013 07:52 AM CST I was nuanced in a blog item earlier this week in which I pointed out that farmers in some parts of the country are now seeing cash corn prices below the potential target price under the House version of the farm bill.
Thu Nov 21, 2013 07:13 AM CST Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, talked to a handful of reporters Wednesday between votes outside the House chamber, an area known as the Speaker's Lounge. Conaway said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has given congressmen a hard deadline that the House will adjourn on Dec. 13. "He told everybody in the room we are done at 11 a.m. on Dec. 13," he said.
Wed Nov 20, 2013 06:53 AM CST A provision in the House version of the farm bill that would restrict states' ability to block the sale of agricultural products from other states is creating some political infighting in Iowa.
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:00 AM CST Farmers in parts of the northern and eastern Corn Belt would be collecting Price Loss Coverage payments on their corn crops this week IF the House version of the farm bill were in place.