NEWS
Slim Chance for '13 Farm Bill
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue Feb 12, 2013 05:30 PM CST

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (DTN) -- With farmers not relying on traditional commodity programs as much, it's been difficult building effective synergy to get a five-year farm bill passed.

A possible solution -- though one she would not recommend -- would be a proposal to cut taxpayer support for crop insurance, said Mary Kay Thatcher, a lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation.

"The best way to get farmers energized about this farm bill is for Congress to propose a big cut in crop insurance," Thatcher told members of the crop-insurance industry on Tuesday. "Because while I think they have not ...

Quick View
  • Betting on Shorter Beans Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Purdue University have pinpointed a gene that produ...
  • Herd Booster In 1935, in an effort to help ranchers hit hard by the Dust Bowl, the U.S. government bought 547 ...
  • 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...
  • Taxlink by Andy Biebl What farmers consider a hedge may be speculation in the eyes of IRS -- and that significantly alt...
  • Woodbury: Family Business Matters Consider whether you want your legacy to be measured by the size of your bank account, your inves...
  • Ask the Vet Some tips on fly control.
Related News Stories
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
Ag Program Calculator Creators Selected