When Congress went into recess last week, they left the U.S. Farm Bill stalled in the House. House Speaker John Boehner said the House will take up the bill when they return after November elections.
Representative Steve King of Iowa introduced an amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill which would nullify California’s humane egg production law and the more recent foie gras bill.
Amendment 45 uses the Commerce Clause to deny states the right to regulate agriculture production and sales within their own borders.
Some 250 amendments to the Farm Bill are sitting in the Senate. Most won’t make it into the Farm Bill, but some will. Call your senators and let them know which ones you prefer.
The 2012 Farm Bill is currently being debated in Congress, and it’s going to have a massive impact on our food system from what farmers plant and grow, how they do it to grocery shelves and what’s on your dinner plate. But do you know the hidden costs obscured by the bill’s monster $500 billion price tag? And that between 2008 and 2010 the Farm Bill gave eight times more in subsidies to commodity crops than to fruits, nuts and vegetables? Find out what action consumers can take and check out this new infographic from TakePart.com.
The farm bill – legislation that makes all the difference when it comes to your food – is about to come up for debate on the Senate floor. This is your chance to turn the farm bill into a healthier food bill!
Credit programs are of vital importance to beginning farmers and historically disadvantaged farmers.
On Tuesday, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture held a hearing to discuss the section of the 2012 Farm Bill dealing with nutrition programs and specialty crop programs.
The House of Representatives is just starting their work on the 2012 Farm Bill. The House Agriculture Committee has been gathering information and testimony for some time now, but they were waiting to see the Senate version before putting forward their ideas.
The 980-page Farm Bill of 2012 covers a lot of topics – loans, insurance, conservation, and forestry, just to name a few. One topic that has people talking is crop insurance. When direct payments for farmers (which have gone disproportionately to the wealthiest farmers) were removed from the bill, crop insurance was changed to make up for it. It’s costing more for the taxpayer without improving outcomes.
The Farm Bill passed out of Senate committee last week and soon it will come to a vote on the Senate floor. It’s not too late to let your Senators know what you think of the bill. Here’s a summary of some of the things included in the 2012 Farm Bill.
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