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2014-06-10 16:29:19

DAVIS, Calif., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new 2014 Farm Bill brought changes in conservation, commodity programs, crop insurance, rural development programs, loans, disaster programs, energy opportunities and much more. Many of these changes will take full effect in fiscal year 2015, beginning October 1, 2014. Interested farmers, ranchers, agencies and organizations are welcome to attend workshops to hear about these and other Farm Bill changes from four USDA...

2009-06-23 09:43:00

Low milk prices paid to family farmers threaten livelihoods, regional economies SOMERVILLE, Mass., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 13,200 Americans signed on to Farm Aid's petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this month, which called on Secretary Tom Vilsack to take immediate action to stop the loss of dairy farmers due to low milk prices. According to Farm Aid and its supporters, the dairy crisis is threatening the health of local and regional economies and...

2009-04-22 23:01:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Obama administration has sought to cut farm subsidies for next year's budget they have encountered strong resistance, especially in farm states. However a new WorldPublicOpinion.org poll finds that the American public, including in farm states, would favor eliminating most farm subsidies. Eighty percent of U.S. subsidies go to large farming businesses, however only 36 percent of Americans favor such subsidies while 61 percent...

2008-08-06 03:00:39

By Scott Stafford, The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass. Aug. 6--The dwindling population of dairy farmers in Massachusetts is watching warily to see how new legislation, awaiting the governor's signature, will affect their battered bottom lines. Passed this week by the House of Representatives, the bill provides an income tax credit for farmers when wholesale prices sink below the break-even point, a $25 million low-interest loan program, the creation of a Massachusetts Dairy Promotion...

2006-05-08 14:14:57

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The outmoded U.S. crop subsidy system should be replaced by a farm safety net that pays farmers and ranchers for land stewardship and protects their income through crop insurance and similar devices, an activist group said on Monday. The federal government spends about $20 billion a year on farm subsidies under a law due for overhaul by Congress in 2007. Mainline farm groups support a continuation of the 2002 law, which boosted crop supports...

2006-05-08 09:03:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress should rewrite U.S. farm subsidy law dramatically to encourage land stewardship and protect farm income by "revenue-based risk management systems" that would replace an automatic spigot into the U.S. Treasury, a coalition of environmentalists and others proposed on Monday. Mainstream farm groups want a continuation of the 2002 farm law, which sharply boosted grain, cotton and soybean support levels and costs to about $20 billion a year. Lawmakers are...

2005-11-18 12:32:22

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Friday, put his weight behind reviving a $1 billion dairy subsidy for farmers, supporting a two-year extension like that already approved by the U.S. Senate in a broad federal budget-cutting bill. The Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program, which expired on September 30, sent dairy farmers a check when milk prices fell below a trigger level. MILC was popular in U.S. Northeast and Midwest states but Westerners...

2005-11-10 17:49:47

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives mulled revival of a federal milk subsidy to woo more votes for a $54 billion budget-cutting bill that has run into trouble, three agricultural sources said on Thursday. The Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) subsidy, which expired on September 30, would cost $1 billion to extend through 2007, when Congress is scheduled to overhaul U.S. farm law. The Senate voted last week to renew MILC as part of its...

2005-11-01 18:33:01

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate should limit farmers to $250,000 a year in crop subsidies, a 30 percent cut that would stop big growers from gobbling up most of the money, the Senate Finance Committee chairman said on Tuesday. Republican Charles Grassley's proposal could be debated as early as Wednesday, when the full Senate takes up a federal budget bill. Payment limits are one of the most divisive issues in agriculture. It pits small farmers against big...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'