Farm Bill

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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Farm Bill deal reached

Farm Bill deal reached

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

A tentative agreement has been reached by the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees on a fresh rewrite of food and agriculture law in a new Farm Bill. Pending a new cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and finalizing the legislative text of the agreement, the new Farm Bill could be approved by the House and Senate as soon as next week. READ MORE

Farm Bill Stuck until Lame Duck

Farm Bill Stuck until Lame Duck

By Tyson Redpath, the Russell Group

A finished farm bill is still a way off as Congress has left Washington to run for election on November 6. When it returns, a month and a half is the entirety of time left before a December 31 deadline forces all sides to an agreement on a new bill or the extension of current law. READ MORE

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