American Farm Families Expected to Lose Half their Farm Income this Year

USDA forecasts that when all is said and done, American farmers will have a combined farm income that is less than half of what it was just two years ago. This alone is staggering. But it may well mark just the beginning of a depressed farm economy the effects of which may very well adversely impact the entire sector and cascade across other sectors of our economy.

Capitol Hill Leaders Dismiss EWG

“EWG has no credibility.” Farm Policy Facts has been saying this for years about the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and it looks like quite a few Capitol Hill leaders agree. The direct quote came from House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who spoke last week to The Hagstrom Report. Peterson was not alone in giving EWG a congressional smack down.

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A Big Bang for the Buck

Farm policy is a cost-effective safety net that supports the only industry to touch us all at least three times a day. Americans spend 10% of their incomes on food – the lowest of any country. Spending on farm policy including crop insurance was down 20% over the past five years. These policies account for…

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21 million Americans produce, process and sell food and fiber. U.S. farms and ranches spent $329 billion to produce $388 billion in goods in 2012. America exported $136 billion in farm goods in 2011, with a $37 billion trade surplus. Americans spend 10% of their incomes on food – the lowest of any country. Spending…

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…

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…

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…