Our View: American Agriculture Remains a Driving Force Behind America’s Success

“The farm – best home of the family, main source of national wealth, foundation of civilized society, the natural providence.”

One will find these wise words inscribed on the façade of Union Station in Washington, D.C. The historic site was built around the turn of the century when the nation was experiencing progress of every kind. There was industrial capacity, oil production, telecommunications, a major transportation system in the form of railroads, and most importantly, there was agriculture. The U.S. had established itself as a major agricultural producer on the world stage not only because of newly invented tools like mechanical reapers that improved crop harvests, but also because of westward expansion, which increased the diversity of American agricultural production.

Today, more than a hundred years later, that quote still captures the essence of American agriculture and its importance to the progress and success of our country. American agriculture remains diverse; it remains a source of national wealth and the pride of American families.

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Crop Insurance’s Future Depends on Private-Sector Delivery

Matthew King, a farmer from central Ohio, recently took to the editorial pages of the Columbus Dispatch to defend America’s current farm policy. And he gave some real-world perspective on the skin-in-the-game farmers have in today’s system.   “In 2013, our farming operation’s crop-insurance premium totaled more than my wife’s annual salary as a local…

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Two New Videos Take Aim at Global Sugar Subsidies

During its recent annual convention, the American Sugar Alliance unveiled two educational videos to illustrate the ever-increasing rates of foreign sugar subsidization that are destroying the free market.   The first video described the stagnant, low-price environment in North America and steps taken by the U.S. sugar industry to increase its efficiency to survive, including…

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2012 Ag Census Up Close: Smart Farm Policies Essential To Young Farmers

The number of young farmers is trending modestly upwards, according to 2012 Ag Census released earlier this year. Young, beginning principal operators who reported their primary occupation as farming increased 11.3 percent from 36,396 to 40,499 between 2007 and 2012.   This increase in new blood is a welcome sight for a sector that has…

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Farm Incomes Estimated to Drop 14%; High Input, Low Crop Prices Cited For Decline

During the Farm Bill debate, many agricultural leaders pointed out the fact that farm policy should be written for the bad times, not the good.   It appears that such challenging times might be here sooner rather than later, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) forecasting farm income to drop 14…

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Senator Mike Johanns: Farm Bill Tools Help Manage Risk, Guard Economy

The following column by Senator Mike Johanns is the most recent installment in the Senator’s weekly column series.   Nebraska is no stranger to the forces of Mother Nature. From violent thunderstorms and tornadoes to blizzards to drought, we’ve seen many heart wrenching examples of destructive weather. This is especially true for our state’s ag…

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Farm Policy Facts Calls On Lawmakers to Reject Additional Harmful Amendments to Farm Bill

In addition to the list of harmful amendments FPF circulated earlier today, additional attempts to damage the Farm Bill have surfaced. Farm Policy Facts urges members of Congress to oppose any amendment during the appropriations process that would harm the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) or crop insurance, including: Royce Amendment to Shift USDA…

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Members of Congress Voice Opposition to Rep. Kind’s Anti-Privacy Amendment

Moments after Farm Policy Facts sent out a note urging members to vote no on Rep. Ron Kind’s (D-WI) anti-privacy amendment, the Dear Colleague letter below was distributed by Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Rice (R-SC), and Henry Cuellar (D-TX). The Kind amendment is bad policy and should be rejected—as should all attempts to reopen…

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Farm Policy Facts Urges Lawmakers to Reject Harmful Amendments to Farm Bill

Farm Policy Facts urges members of Congress to oppose any amendment during the appropriations process that would harm the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) or crop insurance, including: The Kind Amendment to Disclose Private Farmer Information The Kind Amendment would strip out ALL privacy protections for farmers and ranchers participating in crop insurance, resulting…

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America’s Farmers and Ranchers Call On Congress To Do No Harm To Farm Bill

More than 30 agriculture groups are calling on Congress to oppose any amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill that would undo the careful compromises of the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill, including the important risk management tools provided through the federal crop insurance program. The Farm Bill was enacted into law only four months ago and…

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The Heritage Foundation Continues Slide from Respected Think Tank to Propagandist

The Heritage Foundation recently published a new report detailing its 10 “guiding principles” for agriculture. As in the case of other reports, this report also departs from the respected analysis Heritage was once known for in favor of what appears to be the talking point of donors.   Over the years, Heritage increasingly starts with…

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Helena Independent Record Guest Editorial: Agriculture At Historic, Pivotal Point

The following guest editorial by Bing Von Bergen, past president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, recently appeared in the Helena Independent Record:   When the 2014 Farm Bill became law, it marked a pivotal moment in the history of U.S. farm policy. The new Farm Bill eliminated direct payments and replaced them with…

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Farm Bill Not Only Preserves Crop Insurance, But Improves Upon It

When the 2014 Farm Bill was passed, Farm Policy Facts applauded lawmakers for preserving this cornerstone of the farm safety net—crop insurance.   The prioritization of crop insurance in the 2014 Farm Bill stands as a clear recognition that these tailored policies are playing the most integral role in farmers’ risk management portfolio, even as…

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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…

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Proponents of Tighter Pay Limits and Eligibility Rules Are Too Busy Griping to Notice They Won

Everybody knows at least one person like that.   The person who on a picture perfect summer day, with good health and beautiful scenery to match, with not a want in the world, will still find something to complain about.   You know, a walking, talking, real-life version of Waylon Jennings’ Rainy Day Woman.  …

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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…

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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…

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