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Rep. Cramer: How Critics of U.S. Farm Policy Have It Wrong

November 14, 2016

What if we could truly open up foreign markets and create a level playing field for our farmers and ranchers that actually passes the smell test?


#FarmerPortraits

November 7, 2016

Farm Policy Facts is beginning a new series this month on its digital platforms called #FarmerPortraits.


Our View: Hold the Thin Green Line

November 2, 2016

As the Secretary of Agriculture, during World War II, said time and time again: “Food will win the war and write the peace.” Or, translated for modern-day: “Hold the thin green line.”


Losing Our Farm Families is a Scary Scenario

October 31, 2016

Halloween is big business these days. But how much of the record-setting revenue will be flowing to the sugar farmers that made the sweet treats possible?


American Agriculture Remains Important Even if Not Discussed During Presidential Debates

October 19, 2016

There are no food lines. The grocery stores are all stocked. It is our investment in farm policy that enables this phenomenon and highlights how necessary farm policy is to our country.


Our View: EWG Stoops to New Low, Resorts to Pure Fiction in Latest Attack

October 14, 2016

With crop insurance’s popularity rising in rural America and on Capitol Hill, and with the policy’s budget outlays falling, we’re guessing one of its harshest critics, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is running out of believable critiques. So now it’s resorted to pure fiction.


Chinese Subsidies Soar, Sales of Their Stockpiles Loom

October 5, 2016

On September 13, U.S. trade officials announced that the United States was targeting China in an international trade case over the legality of its rice, corn, and wheat subsidies. The U.S. agricultural community cheered, as U.S. negotiators showed a desire to start rooting out the trade-distorting policies that are so manipulating world commodity markets.


Standing Up for America’s Farm & Ranch Families

October 4, 2016

Our nation’s farm families provide us with the safest, most abundant, most affordable food and fiber supply in the history of the world.  A fact that is so true it has become a cliché.


ICYMI: Nurturing the next generation of farmers

September 19, 2016

When it comes to farming, it seems the critics always have the easy answer. They portray this line of work as if every day brings blue skies and no worries. The reality is the farming business comes with a fair share of challenges; chief among them is the unpredictability of weather and markets. Anything can and will happen.


The U.S. Files WTO Complaint Against China on Behalf of American Farmers

September 13, 2016

Thank goodness we have lawmakers and officials in Washington who understand that free markets can’t exist in a world of bad actors. Thank goodness these lawmakers understand that we must not only stand up to these countries, but we must also maintain strong farm policy, in part, as a pragmatic and realistic response to those who refuse to play by the rules.


Todd Van Hoose: A Competitive & Innovative Farm Sector Requires a Sustained Investment

September 12, 2016

“Agricultural production in this country is the envy of the world. One of the reasons it has been successful is because of the investments we have made in farm policy and crop insurance through the years.”


Our View: Heritage Recycles Old Proposal to Nix Risk Management Tools for Farmers

September 8, 2016

The Heritage Foundation has long opposed U.S. farmers and ranchers having any kind of meaningful safety net to protect against weather disasters, volatile markets, and predatory trade practices abroad. So, the fact that they published a report suggesting the elimination of farm policy is not new or noteworthy.


Our View: Where Would We Be Without Our Farmers?

August 29, 2016

Where would we be without our farmers? It’s a question we never want to have to answer.


Brandon Willis: Expanding Coverage for All Producers

August 16, 2016

As farming and farm products change to meet market needs, crop insurance will continue to adapt and expand to meet the needs of our producers.


Farm Policy (Finally) Gets a Fair Shake from a Major Media Outlet

August 8, 2016

“We find people who are vital in this country, doing something great, doing something that this country depends upon, who don’t have a voice for political reasons, or political forces organized against them and we go in there and make sure they have a platform for millions of people to hear their voices.”


New Videos Illustrate Support for Farmers & the ‘Dire Consequences’ for Gutting Farm Policy

August 4, 2016

A pair of videos, released this week from agricultural groups, seeks to educate Americans on the bipartisan support for America’s farmers.


Foreign Subsidy Schemes Sour Markets

August 1, 2016

India’s massive sugar handouts have kept inefficient producers in business, promoted overproduction, and helped depress global prices, according to a new study.


Our View: A Big Fat Farce Returns

July 21, 2016

Crop prices are low, which means it’s high time for farm policy critics to trot out one of the most absurd criticisms of farm policy ever used.


New Study Reveals a Shocking Lack of Knowledge about Farm Policy at Farmers’ Expense

July 14, 2016

A major medical journal with a private vetting process published a study from authors with a clear agenda to attack one part of farm policy by using old data and one title of an even older farm bill to make a dubious association between farm policy and obesity.


Our View: Remembering our Ag Roots on Independence Day

June 30, 2016

Agriculture continues to be a source of national wealth, an integral part of national security, the foundation of civilized society, and the pride of American families.


ICYMI: Farm Policy, Crop Insurance Wise Investments for All Americans

June 21, 2016

What I have learned during this time is this: farming is an enormous game of risk management. It’s not if something bad is going to happen, it’s when.


Voluntary, Incentive-Based Conservation is the First Line of Defense Against Burdensome Regulation

June 16, 2016

Farm Policy Facts is pleased to publish a guest editorial on why the farm bill is critical for growing our food and fiber supply while also protecting our natural resources.


Farming needs strong policy and crop insurance

June 3, 2016

As farmers, we have no control over weather. We have no control over markets. We have no control over our foreign competitors. We cannot just turn our operations on or off. We have to take care of the land 365 days a year. We need a safety net when commodity prices fall. We need affordable and reliable crop insurance to protect our yearly investments.


ICYMI: In Defense of the Farm Bureau

May 31, 2016

Earlier this month, Heritage Action CEO, Michael Needham, wrote an op-ed playing their old song that trashes farmers and farm policy that was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. This time, in an incredible act of duplicity, Needham tried to portray the Arkansas Farm Bureau, a grassroots organization if there ever was one, of being part of “the establishment” in Washington, D.C. Friend of Farm Policy Facts and Former Congressman Larry Combest wrote a response in kind to set the record straight as to who is the real Washington insider.


Our View: With a Depressed Farm Economy, America’s Agricultural Producers Should Be Able to Count on the Farm Safety Net

May 17, 2016

Farmers like to call themselves the eternal optimists, but these real world conditions that Chairman Conaway and others have described have provided plenty of reasons to keep them up at night. The ability to count on farm policy to get them through a tough year or more shouldn’t be one of them.


New Public Opinion Polls Shows Strong Support for Farmers and Farm Policy

May 11, 2016

In an election year that has seen sharp divides among candidates and voters on the major issues of the day, there is one policy area that is receiving widespread, bipartisan support: farm policy and crop insurance.


Rep. Costa: Crop Insurance is Vital Component to U.S. Agriculture Industry

April 28, 2016

Farm Policy Facts is pleased to publish a guest editorial from Rep. Jim Costa on the importance of maintaining a strong safety net for farmers.


EWG Still Using Old Data & Misleading Tactics to Generate Anti-Farmer Headlines

April 27, 2016

Last week, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) sent out a report with this headline: “The Rich Get Richer: 50 Billionaires Got Federal Farm Subsidies.” The piece was meant to draw attention to the “problem” of well-known billionaires and celebrities pocketing farm subsidies. The only problem is, there isn’t a problem.


For Agriculture, Every Day is Earth Day

April 22, 2016

On this Earth Day, we are pleased to publish an editorial from the chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees celebrating the efforts of America’s farmers and ranchers in protecting our natural resources.


New Study Shows the Sweet Truth in Classic Farm Policy Debate

April 19, 2016

Circulating half-truths and misinformation is how agriculture’s opponents have operated for decades, and they’re not about to let pesky things like facts and expert analysis get in the way.


Krysta Harden: Diversifying Agriculture’s Workforce

March 31, 2016

Farm Policy Facts is proud to publish a guest editorial from Krysta Harden, the former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


A Wide Array of Voices Rally in Defense of the Farm Bill

March 18, 2016

It is not every day that there is widespread agreement in our nation’s Capitol, especially when it comes to budget matters. So, it is significant to highlight when such accord is demonstrably on display.


ICYMI: Crop Insurance is Critical for Beginning Farmers

March 1, 2016

“As Congress and the White House wrestle with their respective budgets in the coming weeks, I hope good sense will prevail and they’ll leave crop insurance and farm policy alone.”


Rep. Lucas: A Tradition of Service and Leadership

February 22, 2016

Congressman Frank Lucas discusses how Future Farmers of America is growing the next generation of leaders, and how his membership in the local chapter as a young person helped shape and inspire a life of public service.


New Survey Demonstrates Crop Insurance Support Strong Among Farmers

February 20, 2016

A new survey demonstrates a strong level of support for crop insurance among farmers growing a diverse set of crops across the country, and opposition to any legislative proposals that weaken this important risk management tool.


Shining A Light on Women in Agriculture One Photo at a Time

February 17, 2016

“Where are the women?” was not an existential question Marji Guyler-Alaniz asked herself one day after leaving her corporate job of 11 years. Rather it was a realization that the imagery – and perhaps even the perception – of the American farmer needed an update.


American Presidents on the Importance of Agriculture

February 15, 2016

On this President’s Day, Farm Policy Facts combed through a bit of presidential history to find the words and views of some of our past leaders on the importance of American agriculture.


Pulling Back the Curtain on EWG’s Playbook

February 10, 2016

It is easier to sell fear than facts. This is a concept that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) knows all too well and has built a brand and an empire based on that business model. But, people are catching on to that game.


I Choose American Workers Over Foreign Cheaters

January 20, 2016

To dismantle U.S. sugar policy without concessions from foreign governments only puts America at a distinct disadvantage. Farm Policy Facts agrees wholeheartedly with Rep. Yoho: we stand with American workers over foreign cheaters.


ICYMI: Kansas Ag Leader Urges Secretary to Designate Cottonseed as an Oilseed

January 15, 2016

If cotton production leaves our state and local communities, the infrastructure of cotton gins, warehouses and associated businesses will go with it, and history tells us it will not return.