By Matt Reese
Ohio agriculture is getting its first look at the initial form of the 2012 Farm Bill after the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed its proposal. The legislation is now being referred to the full Senate for consideration.
In general, there is fairly broad support for this first step.
“We like the new safety net, but it is a radically different change from the current safety net. We are encouraging farmers to look at this and understand it,” said Adam Sharp, with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “They are eliminating things like direct payments and consolidating down to a crop insurance-based option and a revenue-based option. These are two programs that have a lot of support from agriculture, especially in the Midwest. We think these are good options.”
OFBF, though, is closely review the support caps that were included in the initial farm bill proposal.
“They are looking to lower the caps of support that an individual farmer can get if there is a problem,” Sharp said.… Continue readingRead More »