Farm Bill

Senate approves new Farm Bill

Senate approves new Farm Bill

By Tyson Redpath, the Russell Group

Last evening, the U.S. Senate approved a new Farm Bill by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of 86-11. Both Senators Feinstein and Harris voted in favor of the legislation. The Senate and House must now negotiate a final bill mending policy difference in the Commodity and Conservation sections as well as deep partisan differences over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp program). READ MORE

Farm Bill clears hurdle today

Farm Bill clears hurdle today

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

In a nearly unanimous vote, today the Senate Agriculture Committee approved S. 3042, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.  With few fireworks, and relatively little amendment controversy, the Committee now looks to move the Farm Bill reauthorization to the full Senate before the 4th of July. READ MORE

New Farm Bill Prepared for Action in Congress

New Farm Bill Prepared for Action in Congress

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to reauthorize national farm and food policy this week when it considers, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The new farm bill, if approved by the House, the Senate and signed by President Trump, will replace the 2014 Farm Bill law which expires at year’s end. READ MORE

USDA announces final 2016 Price

USDA announces final 2016 Price

By Tim Kelleher, Rice Lawyers, Inc.

On January 31, the USDA Farm Service Agency announced the marketing year average (“MYA”) price for temperate japonica rice (California short/medium grain rice).  While all prior projections out of USDA estimated the price at $13.70/cwt, the 2016 MYA was set at $14.10/cwt. READ MORE

Agriculture Committees of Congress begin crafting a new Farm Bill

Agriculture Committees of Congress begin crafting a new Farm Bill

We know that farming communities get an early start to each day. Getting an early start to the next Farm Bill matches this spirit of early to rise. It also shows how moving an omnibus piece of legislation like a Farm Bill through Congress is increasingly harder. Leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees kick-started the legislative process in late February with hearings to receive input from growers across the country. READ MORE