farm bill http://hppr.org en Kansas farmer sounds off on crop insurance and farm policy http://hppr.org/post/kansas-farmer-sounds-crop-insurance-and-farm-policy <p></p><p>As our present multi-year drought grinds on and on, I’m beginning to wonder if we missed the point—by a country mile—in our current farm policy.</p><p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32875 at http://hppr.org Kansas farmer sounds off on crop insurance and farm policy A Kansas influence to the Farm Bill may change the housing market http://hppr.org/post/kansas-influence-farm-bill-may-change-housing-market <p>The southwestern Kansas housing market may benefit from a small portion of the Farm Bill signed into law Friday. The trillion-dollar piece of legislation that is largely associated with agriculture also has something to say about who gets USDA home loans in rural America. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:02:57 +0000 Adam Vos 27943 at http://hppr.org A Kansas influence to the Farm Bill may change the housing market The uneasy marriage of farm bill and food stamps http://hppr.org/post/uneasy-marriage-farm-bill-and-food-stamps <p></p><p>Both farmers and food stamps advocates sighed in relief Friday when President Obama signed the &nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight">long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014</a>&nbsp;– the $956-billion farm bill – into law on Friday during a visit to Michigan State University. &nbsp;The farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 06:00:59 +0000 Amy Mayer 27749 at http://hppr.org The uneasy marriage of farm bill and food stamps New farm bill changes U.S. ag policy http://hppr.org/post/new-farm-bill-changes-us-ag-policy <p></p><p>Not everyone likes the farm bill signed into law on Friday, but at least farmers will be able to start making informed decisions.</p><p>The biggest change in the 2014 farm bill is that the subsidies known as direct payments are gone. Instead of the government paying a known amount to farmers each year—at a fixed budget of $5 billion—the new system of subsidies will fluctuate, partly with market forces. That makes it really hard to predict how much the program will cost each year, says Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Amy Mayer 27750 at http://hppr.org New farm bill changes U.S. ag policy One thing that didn’t happen in 2013: a Farm Bill http://hppr.org/post/one-thing-didn-t-happen-2013-farm-bill <p></p><p>If it seems like Congress just can’t get the farm bill done, well… that’s because it can’t.</p><p>All year long, Washington lawmakers have been saying they want to pass a full five-year farm bill. But even though leaders of the House-Senate conference committee say they are close, they have acknowledged it just&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/no-farm-bill-year#.UqoTUfRUf-s">won’t get done</a>&nbsp;this year. They’re pushing it off until January.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:05:54 +0000 Amy Mayer 26198 at http://hppr.org One thing that didn’t happen in 2013: a Farm Bill Another deadline passes without a farm bill deal http://hppr.org/post/another-deadline-passes-without-farm-bill-deal <p>If it seems like Congress just can’t get the farm bill done, well… that’s because it can’t. The massive food and agriculture package used to be relatively easy thanks to bipartisan and urban-rural alliances. But this year, progress was a slow slog. A nine-month extension passed in January bought some time. This summer, the Senate passed its bill, but the House didn’t. Then it sent two bills to the conference committee, one for agriculture and the other for food stamps. Just before Thanksgiving, Iowa Republican Steve King, a conference committee member, remained optimistic. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 02:17:54 +0000 Amy Mayer 25513 at http://hppr.org Another deadline passes without a farm bill deal Expected bumper crop has price of corn dropping http://hppr.org/post/expected-bumper-crop-has-price-corn-dropping <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a clear fall day in central Iowa, Aaron Lehman climbed into the cab of his green combine with a screwdriver to do some maintenance. He was hoping his corn had a couple more weeks to grow before harvesting because the price per bushel this fall is much lower than it has been for the past three years.</span></p><p>Corn farmers have been riding high prices for the last few years. But an expected bumper crop has prices falling this harvest season, and many economists expect the price of corn to drop to its lowest level in recent years.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 04:39:49 +0000 Amy Mayer 22591 at http://hppr.org Expected bumper crop has price of corn dropping Farmers in limbo – again – as farm bill expires http://hppr.org/post/farmers-limbo-again-farm-bill-expires <p></p><p>The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 04:40:27 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 22392 at http://hppr.org Farmers in limbo – again – as farm bill expires Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist http://hppr.org/post/largely-unpopular-direct-payment-subsidies-persist <p>Congress is&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/house-passes-snapped-farm-bill#.UkGtFIash8E">bitterly divided on food stamps and other </a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/house-passes-snapped-farm-bill#.UkGtFIash8E">issues</a>&nbsp;contained in the farm bill, but both political parties agree on something: the $5 billion-a-year farm subsidy called Direct and Countercyclical Payments has got to go.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:29:17 +0000 Frank Morris 22273 at http://hppr.org Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist Farmville helps explain farm bill http://hppr.org/post/farmville-helps-explain-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The farm bill is, once again, entering a critical stretch. As was the case last year, the current law expires at the end of September. There’s no election to dissuade elected officials from tackling the major piece of agriculture and nutrition policy—but Congress does have a pretty full plate, with the crisis in Syria, immigration reform and a measure to continue funding federal government programs all set to come to a head.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 21388 at http://hppr.org Farmville helps explain farm bill What $154 million in payouts means to a county http://hppr.org/post/what-154-million-payouts-means-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmer Doug Wilson has been buying crop insurance since 1980.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“You carry home insurance, hoping your house doesn’t burn down. We carry crop insurance, hoping our crops don’t burn down,” Wilson said on a sweltering day in mid-August as he walked among the healthy 8-foot corn stalks in one his fields in central Illinois. “But last year, they burned down — kind of literally.”</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Darrell Hoemann 21185 at http://hppr.org What $154 million in payouts means to a county The Farm Bill: Everybody has an Opinion http://hppr.org/post/farm-bill-everybody-has-opinion <p></p><p>The farm bill is fraught with opposition.&nbsp; Some want the bill to stay intact, some want nutrition separated, some want stricter requirements to obtain nutrition assistance, and one blogger wonders if misperception is what’s driving the SNAP debate.&nbsp; Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 19220 at http://hppr.org The Farm Bill: Everybody has an Opinion A food fight over U.S. sugar program http://hppr.org/post/food-fight-over-us-sugar-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sugar beet growing and refining was once a major industry in western Kansas and remains so in northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.&nbsp; But it’s an industry that’s been supported by government subsidies of one sort or another dating back to 1789.&nbsp; This pits sugar users against sugar producers over whether preserving a U.S. industry and domestic jobs is worth paying twice the international market price for sugar.&nbsp; Harvest Public Media has an update on the ongoing debate.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 03:12:16 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 19175 at http://hppr.org A food fight over U.S. sugar program Farm groups keep up farm bill pressure http://hppr.org/post/farm-groups-keep-farm-bill-pressure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In an effort to revive the defeated farm bill, more than 530 organizations, including heavyweights like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, have signed a letter (<a href="http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20130702/7b/89/bd/88/0315812de3a828ecd8518a58/7_02_13_Farm_Bill_Coalition_Letter_FINAL.pdf">PDF</a>) that urges House Speaker John Boehner to bring the legislation back to the floor.</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 04:51:53 +0000 Payne Roberts 18437 at http://hppr.org Farm groups keep up farm bill pressure Farmers twisting in the wind without farm bill http://hppr.org/post/farmers-twisting-wind-without-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers work at the mercy of three big forces that are largely outside their control: the weather, the markets and the government.</span></p><p>In many parts of the country the first two are doing pretty well these days, but government remains the wild card. Congress can’t seem to pass the farm bill, a huge package of legislation setting food policy for years to come.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Frank Morris 18325 at http://hppr.org Farmers twisting in the wind without farm bill Fork in the road for the farm bill? http://hppr.org/post/fork-road-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Déjà vu may be a lighthearted way of looking at it, but it feels like 2012 all over again for the farm bill.</span></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:58:26 +0000 Payne Roberts 18149 at http://hppr.org Fork in the road for the farm bill? What you should know about the food stamps debate http://hppr.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-food-stamps-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House defeated the farm bill last week, after the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/senate-passes-farm-bill#.UcC3eJzgJ3A" style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate passed its version of the bill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in early June. Both bills include about $500 billion in spending over five years. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:11:52 +0000 Payne Roberts 17986 at http://hppr.org What you should know about the food stamps debate House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too http://hppr.org/post/house-smacks-down-farm-bill-and-farm-lobby-too The so-called farm bill came to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday. And it crashed. The defeat <a href="http://blogs.rollcall.com/goppers/farm-bill-defeated-in-blow-to-boehner/">shocked</a> many observers, but the vote wasn't even particularly close: 234-195. (You can see how your own representative voted <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll286.xml">here</a>.)<p>In the immediate aftermath, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., looking shell-shocked, blamed partisan politics. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:41:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 17727 at http://hppr.org House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too Tying crop insurance to conservation faces tough road in House http://hppr.org/post/tying-crop-insurance-conservation-faces-tough-road-house <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the Senate has a farm bill (technically the Agriculture, Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013)</span><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/senate-passes-farm-bill#.UbovL5zgJ3A" style="line-height: 1.5;">ready and waiting for reconciliation with a House version</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, it’s a good time to look at how some of what the Senate passed may play out in the House—and what it all means for the general public as well as for farmers.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 17504 at http://hppr.org Tying crop insurance to conservation faces tough road in House How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies http://hppr.org/post/how-senate-farm-bill-would-change-subsidies The Senate voted Monday to approve its version of the farm bill, a massive spending measure that covers everything from food stamps to crop insurance and sets the nation's farm policy for the next five years.<p>The centerpiece of that policy is an expanded crop insurance program, designed to protect farmers from losses, that some say amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness. That debate is set to continue as the House plans to take up its version of the bill this month.<p>For farmer Scott Neufeld, crop insurance is an integral part of his family's business. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 17232 at http://hppr.org How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies SNAP cut, direct payments out, insurance in and provisioned http://hppr.org/post/snap-cut-direct-payments-out-insurance-and-provisioned <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Senate approved a new comprehensive farm bill Monday, its plan for everything from food and nutrition assistance to disaster aid for livestock producers to crop insurance for farmers. But before you go popping champagne corks and celebrating the creation of five-years of agricultural policy, know this: The U.S. House has yet to weigh in.</span></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:45:02 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 17273 at http://hppr.org SNAP cut, direct payments out, insurance in and provisioned Farm Bill Status Update http://hppr.org/post/farm-bill-status-update <p>Playa Lakes Joint Venture's Policy Director Barth Crouch updates status of the 2013 Farm Bill. He says most ections of the legislation pertaining to conservation were funded through fiscal year 2013 in the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the end of 2012. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:25:40 +0000 Dale Bolton 16877 at http://hppr.org Farm Bill Status Update Conservation Easements: Preserving Ranching Heritage in Central Kansas Hill Country http://hppr.org/post/conservation-easements-preserving-ranching-heritage-central-kansas-hill-country <p>Chester Peterson, Jr., of Lindsborg, Kansas, owns grass and cropland on the western margin of the Flinthills, a rolling landscape of tall- and shortgrass prairie largely unchanged since settlers crossed it in the 1860s. Mon, 06 May 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 15390 at http://hppr.org Conservation Easements: Preserving Ranching Heritage in Central Kansas Hill Country