What is in the 2014 Farm Bill For Sustainable Farms and Food Systems? (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, January 31, 2014) The final farm bill released earlier this week and currently making its way through Congress and to the President is somewhat of a mixed bag for sustainable food and farming systems. An overview of what is in the bill.
The $956 billion farm bill, in one graph (Wonkblog, Washington Post, January 28, 2014) This week, Congress will vote on a massive farm bill that will set the course of U.S. food policy for the next half-decade. The old farm bill expired in 2012, and its replacement (pdf) is 959 pages long, costing some $956.4 billion over 10 years. So what’s actually in it?
Congress releases its draft budget bill (sigh) (Marion Nestle, January 14, 2014) Congress has not finished the Farm Bill, but their draft budget bill speaks to how the Farm Bill programs will be supported. The budget bill is what Congress decides taxpayers will pay for in the farm bill as well as bills that cover other programs run by USDA.
Uncapped Entitlement is Bad for Agriculture and Holding up the New Farm Bill(National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, January 12, 2014) As Congress heads into the home stretch of finalizing the long-awaited passage of a new 5-year farm bill, the issue of payment limit reform for farm commodity subsidy programs remains up in the air, holding up the completion of the House-Senate conference proceedings.
Farm Bill Fits and Starts (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, January 10, 2014) The New Year hopes for quick action on a new five-year farm bill in the first half of January are fading as negotiations on certain issues stall. These issues include farm subsidy and payment limit reform, enforcing fair competition laws, and providing robust funding for the stranded programs.