Senate Ag Committee will mark up farm bill Wednesday
The Senate Ag Committee will meet next Wednesday to mark up the 2012 Farm Bill. Chair Debbie Stabenow says the plan will reduce the federal deficit by $23 billion. According to Stabenow, the plan:
Eliminates Direct Payments while Strengthening Risk Management
Farmers face unique risks unlike other businesses. Weather and market conditions outside a producer’s control can have devastating effects. A risk management system that helps producers stay in business through a few bad seasons ensures that Americans always have access to a safe and plentiful food supply. The proposal:
Consolidates and Streamlines Programs
By eliminating duplicative programs, funds are concentrated in the areas in which they will have the greatest impact, making them work better for producers.
Improves Program Integrity and Accountability
At a time when many out-of-work Americans are in need for the first time in their lives, it is critical that every taxpayer dollar be spent responsibly and serves those truly struggling. By closing loopholes, tightening standards, and requiring greater transparency, the proposal increases efficiency and improves effectiveness.
Increases accountability in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by:
The proposal maintains benefits for families in need.
Grows America’s Agricultural Economy
The proposal increases efficiency and accountability, saving tens of billions of dollars overall, while strengthening agricultural jobs initiatives by:
The bill includes the major elements of the Dairy Security Act introduced in the House Ag Committee last fall by Congressman Collin Peterson.
A Committee Print of the Farm Bill is available here:
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