Tag: farm bill


Farm Bill failure in the House

In what has traditionally been a pretty straightforward process, passing farm legislation out of the U.S. House of Representatives has been anything but status quo during recent attempts. The latest farm bill, very similarly to the one introduced on the House floor in 2013, was defeated by a 198 to 213 vote May 18. Typically [...]

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Pick away County no-till farmer Bill Richards talks about soil health and federal policy at the CTTC. Photo by Randall Reeder.

A look at soil health in the farm bill

Bill Richards has been concerned with the health of his soil for a long time. For more than 40 years, Richards and his family have used no-till to reduce costs and limit soil and nutrient runoff on their Pickaway County farm. Richards has also spent countless hours educating his fellow farmers about the importance of [...]

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Mr. President, do not take farm vote for granted

I know that many people involved in agriculture, myself included, were thrilled to see President Donald Trump take time out of his very busy schedule to visit the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Nashville in January. In that speech, we found out that the President is hearing about and working on so many [...]

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John Torres, director of government and industry affairs for OCWGA, talks to farmers at one of the organization’s Farm Bill Listening Sessions.

There are plenty of questions as the farm bill debate kicks off

Though it seems like the last farm bill has just been finally implemented, discussions are already ramping up for the next farm bill in Washington, D.C. With a new Administration, a challenging farm economy and the ever-shifting whims of public perceptions about agriculture, there is plenty of uncertainty about the outcome. “There is a lot [...]

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An explanation of PLC and ARC Farm Bill options

Morrow County, Ohio farmer Anthony Bush has been on the ground level of the development of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new farm policy offers some new options for producers and many questions are being asked as those options are weighed. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins sat down with Bush to go over the [...]

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MPP signup extended to Dec. 19

Dairy farmers who thought they had until today, now have until Dec. 19 to sign up for the now twice extended Margin Protection Program (MPP). The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below levels [...]

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autumn corn harvest

Key questions in the farm bill crop program decision

For the first time since the 2005 crop year, farm bill commodity programs could make significant payments for corn, soybeans and wheat, according to Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economics professor and farm policy expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. If payments do materialize, they could help farmers transition through the [...]

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USDA extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference [...]

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Ohio's Anthony Bush talks about the farm bill in the office of U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs.

Farm bill straight talk from a farmer

A conversation with… Anthony Bush, a Morrow County farmer and former the Chair of the Public Policy Action Team for the National Corn Growers Association about his thoughts on the farm bill decision for grain farmers in Ohio.   OCJ: First, could you provide a little background about the development of the 2014 Farm Bill [...]

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New tools to assist with farm bill decisions for dairy

A new website is up and running to allow dairy farmers to sign up for meetings statewide on the intricacies of the dairy programs in new farm bill. Training for the meetings is provided in part by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The meetings are part of the [...]

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