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2014-02-04 16:30:14

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today hailed the passage of the federal farm bill, saying it includes his recommendations that fit the unique needs of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry. Congress passed the bill on Feb. 4. "Farmers and agribusinesses drive Pennsylvania's economy, with $68 billion in total economic impact annually," said Corbett. "I commend Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, especially Congressman Glenn G.T. Thompson, for...

2013-12-20 12:26:03

$6 million available to permanently protect farm and ranchlands throughout California DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Land trusts and other eligible entities interested in permanently protecting farm or ranchlands in California are encouraged to get their applications in soon. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set Feb. 14, 2014, as the deadline for accepting applications for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program...

2013-01-14 16:21:12

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carlos Suarez began his tenure today as State Conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in California. Suarez will assume leadership of the Agency's 350 employees in 55 offices across California from the state headquarters in Davis. NRCS employees work with Resource Conservation Districts and other partners to provide one-on-one conservation technical and planning assistance to thousands of farmers and...

2008-09-01 09:00:15

By Stephen Speckman Deseret News Except for an overridden veto by President Bush, the $290 billion farm bill quietly passed through Congress this past summer, with funds expected to last for five years. If you're like most people, the news didn't become dinner table fodder. "It's a piece of legislation that not that many people know a lot about, and it's almost really a misnomer in the sense that it's about a lot more than farming," Bush's Natural Resources and Environment under...

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2008-05-22 08:10:00

Democrats are picking up the pieces after an embarrassing technical gaffe that delayed a triumphant rejection of President Bush's veto of a massive farm bill. Members from both parties hoped to bring the $290 billion bill, which includes election-year subsidies for farmers and food stamps for the poor, back to their districts over Memorial Day. But that is looking less likely now that the legislation will have to be passed all over again due to a printing error. The House voted...

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...

2005-11-01 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...

2005-10-09 13:31:08

By Doug Palmer and Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will tell key trading partners on Monday it is prepared to make "ambitious" domestic farm subsidy cuts if other countries make similar concessions on tough farm trade issues that stand in the way of a new global trade deal, an industry official said. The expected U.S. offer follows weeks of consultations between U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman and key lawmakers, including the chairmen of the House of...

2005-07-13 17:20:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. farm subsidies will cost $12 billion more than expected over the next three years, a stiff increase from an earlier estimate due to mammoth crops at home and abroad, the White House forecast on Wednesday. In its mid-year review of federal programs, the White House budget office said lower market prices were in store "for many major commodities" after this fall's harvest. "When commodity prices are lower than the legislated target rate, payments to farmers for...