Farm Bureau says there’s not much to like in Obama budget

The American Farm Bureau director of public policy says there isn’t much to like about President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal. Dale Moore tells Brownfield that while Farm Bureau appreciates a proposed increase in funding for ag research, potential cuts to crop insurance top the list of what’s wrong with the budget. “After fighting… Read more »

Vilsack touts conservation and research aspects of FY2017 budget

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget will enhance conservation and ag research projects. Vilsack told reporters the dollars would be invested in environmental stewardship. “This budget provides resources for 44 million additional acres in our conservation programs, including for our RCPP Program; roughly $38 million dollars above what we had allocated for RCPP.”… Read more »

House Ag Committee says leave ag out of budget cut talks

The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says Congress should consider the current economic conditions farmers are facing when looking for ways to reduce the federal budget. Michael Conaway of Texas opened a meeting regarding a Budget Views and Estimates letter sent to the House Budget Committee by saying agriculture has done its duty for… Read more »

Crop insurance payments may vary more in 2016

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Kent Thiesse is a farm management specialist with MinnStar Bank in Mankato, Minnesota. He says higher corn and soybean yields in 2015 will affect benchmark averages used to calculate payments for producers enrolled in the county-based Agricultural Risk Coverage, or ARC-County farm program.      

Grassley is unhappy with opening of farm bill

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is not happy with what he says is an opening of the 2014 farm bill. The Senate Ag Committee member is upset with an amendment to the recently-passed omnibus budget bill that removes marketing-loan gains from the 125-thousand dollar per person payment cap for commodity programs. Grassley says lawmakers from Southern… Read more »

NRCS delays updated CSP rollout

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says enhancements to its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are going to be delayed. Mark Rose, acting deputy chief of programs with NRCS, tells Brownfield the improvements and updates need further testing. “We want to make sure that we have fully field-tested this thing (and) have our field staff trained,… Read more »

Will Congress keep its promise on crop insurance cuts?

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Some ag group leaders are not totally convinced that Congress will keep its promise to exclude crop insurance cuts from the upcoming omnibus budget bill. Ag leaders in the House and Senate say they have assurances that those cuts, which are part of a Congressional budget agreement, will be restored. But some question just how… Read more »

Minnesota Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

The president of Minnesota Farm Bureau says issues that come up daily in agriculture were addressed during the annual meeting last week. Kevin Paap was re-elected to another term Friday and tells Brownfield the organization’s goal is continuous improvement. “The importance of transportation infrastructure.  Taxes; how they affect us and our farming operations.  Specifically today,… Read more »

Farmers begin receiving payments

The Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) has issued safety net payments established in the 2014 Farm Bill. FSA State Executive Director Steve Maurer says nearly 67,000 Ohio farmers participating in the ARC-County program are receiving financial assistance for the 2014 crop year. Maurer says payments can vary from county to county and he says not… Read more »

NFU cautiously optimistic on fate of crop insurance *UPDATED*

The National Farmers Union says even though House Ag Committee leaders have been assured that crop insurance is safe from proposed budget cuts, the battle is far from over.  The problem, says NFU’s Chandler Goule, is that the Senate was not consulted to see if it would go along with the plan. “Though we have… Read more »