Farm Bill Cements Crop Insurance as Cornerstone of Farm Policy: Senator Stabenow Notes New Coalitions Will Be Needed to Fend Off Attacks

Just days after the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law, crop insurers gathered for their annual meeting to assess where the industry had come and where it is going.   One of the key architects of the Farm Bill, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, told the crowd that they began writing the Farm Bill three…

Agriculture Community Supports Farm Bill Conference Report, Urges Passage

WASHINGTON—The agriculture community applauded the filing of the Farm Bill conference report on Monday, and is urging quick passage of the legislation to provide stability and support for our nation’s farmers and ranchers.   Here are excerpts from statements released by key groups:   The American Farm Bureau Federation:   “We appreciate the hard work…

China’s extensive cotton supports dominate world market; makes U.S. farm supports vital

China is more than just the 800-pound gorilla in the world cotton market. The Asian giant is both the world’s biggest producer and importer. As such, China has tremendous market manipulating power that leaves other producers, including those in America, at its mercy. China provides unstinting support to its cotton farmers with the end result…

Our View: Time for Critics to Trade Pencils for Plows

During a meeting with reporters this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted crop insurance “has come under unfair criticism,” adding, “Those who report on it don’t understand it and its importance to the food supply.” Vilsack was undoubtedly referencing a series of articles published by Bloomberg this week, which, according to the news outlet, thoroughly examined crop…

Milestones in Farm Policy History: 1989 GAO Report

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” -Edmund Burke                        On the heels of weather disasters in ’83, ’84, and ’88, rural America was struggling, and lawmakers were losing patience.  Compounding the problem was an unparalleled farm debt crisis.  America’s food and fiber producers needed assistance, but aid was expensive and…

Foreign Sugar Subsidies Take Center Stage

Global sugar industry leaders and U.S. government officials met in California last week at the 30th International Sweetener Symposium to discuss depressed sugar prices and recent foreign subsidy run-ups. “The accumulated world sugar surplus over the past three seasons has taken the global stocks-to-consumption ratio to above 40 percent for the first time since 2007/08,” said Peter…

Lawmakers Urge ‘VOTE NO’ On Kind Amendment to Kill Crop Insurance

Two Dear Colleagues currently circulating highlight the importance of voting NO on the Kind amendment that aims to destroy crop insurance: Oppose Kind Amendment #149 That Aims to Destroy Federal Crop Insurance FROM: The Honorable Frank D. Lucas, Chairman, House Agriculture Committee The Honorable Collin Peterson, Ranking Member, House Agriculture Committee Dear Colleague: I write…

Agri-Pulse Guest Op-Ed: Don’t Complain with Your Mouth Full

In just about every walk of life, we look for ways to manage risk. Insurance protection is available to protect our families, our health, our homes, our vehicles. It only makes sense that insurance protection should be available to help farmers and ranchers produce something that everyone must have to survive: the nation’s food supply. Unfortunately there are…

Farm Groups Urge Farm Bill Passage; Voice Opposition to Harmful Crop Insurance Amendments

Members of the agriculture community applauded the House Committee on Agriculture for moving forward on a five-year farm bill and called for timely action by the full House of Representatives in a letter sent to lawmakers this week. “Failure to pass a five-year farm bill before the end of September would mean continued uncertainty for…

Farm Policy Facts Launches ‘Real Farms, Real Families’ Ad Campaign

Farm Policy Facts, a diverse coalition of agricultural organizations dedicating to raising awareness about the important role agriculture plays in our economic recovery and national security, today launched a new ad campaign, “Real Farms, Real Families.” The ad campaign, which will run during the upcoming Congressional Farm Bill negotiations, will feature real photos taken by farmers…

Analysis of NTE and SPS Reports Reveals Uneven Playing Field for U.S. Ag Exporters

A new comprehensive analysis of the recently released National Trade Estimates (NTE) and Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) reports show an international playing field sharply tilted  against U.S. producers. The analysis, authored by veteran trade advisor and former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Don Phillips, details the many barriers and obstacles currently facing U.S. exporters (both tariff and…