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On Second Thought, House Passes new Farm Bill

On Second Thought, House Passes new Farm Bill

By Tyson Redpath, the Russell Group

Today the House of Representatives voted 213-211 to approve a new farm bill, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.A motion to reconsider the farm bill that was defeated on the House floor a month ago cleared the way for a second farm bill vote. This House action now sets up a likely conference between the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, who will be tasked before the end of 2018 with reconciling considerable differences between the two versions.

The House bill includes a higher reference price factor for temperate japonica rice and a reference price escalator for all commodities under the Price Loss Coverage program. The bill also covers greater family participation for program eligibility purposes and leaves in-place important crop insurance provisions.

The Senate is expected to begin consideration of its farm bill rewrite as soon as Monday. Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 by a vote of 20-1.

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Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Now Open for Enrollment

Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Now Open for Enrollment

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group 

The USDA has announced signup for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Program covering the 2019 and 2020 crop years. Updated by the 2018 Farm Bill, these revised safety net programs allow California rice growers to enroll and elect coverage in crop-by-crop ARC-County or PLC, or ARC-individual for the entire farm, for program year 2019. This election will apply for the 2019 and 2020 crop years.

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