Economists and farm groups say the Trump Administration's $16-billion "trade aid" package is designed for Midwestern farmers and the amount that trickles over to California farmers will provide little relief.
The 2014 farm bill is set to expire in just over one week, raising concerns about disruptions in a number of programs, including one of the largest conservation programs as well as much smaller programs that help commodity groups open overseas markets.
Republicans expect to advance a farm bill in the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday despite Democratic anger over its reforms to food stamps, but the legislation also would make significant changes in policy and funding across many other sections, including conservation, rural development and horticulture.
The House Agriculture Committee’s proposed farm bill provides a mix of new restrictions and incentives in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that Republicans say would give beneficiaries’ new dignity by helping them find work or better-paying employment.
House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway kicked off a battle over the next farm bill by releasing draft legislation that offers producers improvements to major commodity programs at minimal cost, while overhauling conservation policy and making sweeping reforms to nutrition assistance.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2017 - Some 86 percent of U.S. crop acreage is covered by federal crop insurance, a 3 percent increase from 2011, but the Risk Management Agency sees additional market potential for vegetables and livestock producers.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2017 – House Republicans return from their Fourth of July recess looking to move a fiscal 2018 budget blueprint that could pave the way for tax reform while likely requiring some reduction in spending on food stamps.