House Passes Republican Farm Bill Without Food Stamp AidThe Obama administration has threatened to veto the farm measure that excludes food stamp and nutrition programs.
Smallholder farmers actually produced most of the world’s food and they are also some of the people that sometimes go hungry,” explained ActionAid’s senior policy analyst Doug Hertzler. “There are studies over many decades that show smallholder farmers can actually produce more food per land area than large farms when they have adequate access to resources and input.” there are dedicated people who see great opportunities in agriculture today and want to start their own farm or ranch businesses.
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act will invest in the next generation of American producers by:
- Enabling access to land, credit, and technical assistance for new producers.
- Assisting new producers to launch and strengthen new farm and value-added businesses.
- Helping new producers become good land stewards.
- Providing training, mentoring, and research that beginning farmers and ranchers need to be successful.
- Conducting outreach on agricultural job opportunities for military veterans.
Title I – Conservation
Sections 101, 102 & 131 — Conservation Reserve Program Transition Incentive Program (CRP-TIP) – Amend Sections 1231 and 1235 of the Food Security Act to reauthorize CRP-TIP through 2018 and provide $50 million in mandatory funding over the life of the new farm bill. Additionally, include provisions to strengthen the conservation language, create a comprehensive conservation plan option, create an easement option through the Grassland Reserve Program or the Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program, and allow transition between family members who meet the eligibility criteria but only in the case of land sales to the younger generation. Will help retiring farmers make their land available for the next generation of farmers to afford.
- AGRIBUSINESS: Farm Bill Conferees Urged To Help New Farmers (whotv.com)
- How smallholders can grow ‘from merely surviving to robustly thriving’ (outrageandinspire.org)
- 10 Reasons Agriculture is the Most Useful and Most Noble Employment (macysarbacker.com)
- 10-29-13 *USDA News* Payments for Popular Conservation Program Ready Following Shutdown Delay… (brianallmerradionetwork.wordpress.com)
- Tester: House farm bill threatens cattle market fairness (missoulian.com)
- Farm bill gets no respect (politico.com)
- Indiana’s Congressional Members Reignite Farm Bill Debate (indianapublicmedia.org)
- Baucus has high hopes for farm bill (billingsgazette.com)
- Tester: House farm bill threatens cattle market fairness (billingsgazette.com)
- Assistance programs part of discussion in farm bill reform (cinewsnow.com)