NEWS
Lucas: Farmers Need Choice
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Dec 6, 2012 09:36 AM CST

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- The farm bill remains tied up in the big-picture debate on the fiscal cliff, but a final farm bill must continue to give farmers a choice when picking a safety net, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas told a crowd of farm-policy wonks Thursday morning.

Lucas also told reporters the dairy policy has to be addressed before January begins, and farm policy will need a "transition" or extension until at least next fall to allow rules to be created for new commodity programs. That could mean providing farmers with at least one more year of direct payments.

...

Quick View
  • Betting on Shorter Beans Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Purdue University have pinpointed a gene that produ...
  • Super Food Silage has never gone out of fashion in Bath County, Kentucky, even when the lure of $6- to $8-pe...
  • Farmers Pivot Back After Storms The majority of center pivots damaged by severe weather earlier this summer in Nebraska are up an...
  • Pick Contingency Plans - 3 As crop prices and insurance coverage swoon, farmers may need to supplement incomes with federal ...
  • Weathering the Drought Parts of the panhandle and western Oklahoma are still considered as being in extreme or exception...
  • AFBF Appeal The American Farm Bureau Federation asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court's Sept...
  • Pick Contingency Plans - 2 Commodity payments are largely capped at $125,000 per person. People must also report under $900,...
  • Ask the Vet Some tips on fly control.
Related News Stories
USDA Readies Dairy Program
Pick Contingency Plans - 3
Pick Contingency Plans - 1
Study Your Farm Bill Options
Vilsack Resists APH Update
Washington Insider
Klinefelter: By the Numbers
Senate Debates Ag Funding
President Signs WRRDA Bill
Farm Bill Calculations