farm bill News

Texas Cotton Farmers Say Farm Bill Provision Saves Crop Insurance

Texas cotton producers say they are pleased to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reconsidered its decision about implementing a provision of the farm bill. The department’s announcement means its Risk Management Agency will calculate production yields for all …

Senate Joins House in Passing Farm, Crop Insurance Bill; President Says He Will Sign

The Senate passed and sent to President Barack Obama a measure that sets U.S. agricultural policy for five years, ending the toughest legislative battle on renewal of the farm bill in almost two decades with cuts to crop subsidies and …

Farm Bill Keeps Lawmakers’ Own Crop Insurance Payouts Secret

Crop insurers successfully lobbied to keep several proposals out of the farm bill set to pass the U.S. Congress today — such as a requirement that would have forced farmer-lawmakers to disclose benefits they receive. Senate Clears Farm, Crop Insurance …

House Passes Farm, Crop Insurance, Food Stamps Bill

The U.S. House passed and sent the Senate a much-delayed bill to set agricultural policy for five years, as a coalition of rural Republicans and urban Democrats overcame objections about farm subsidies and food-stamp cuts. The Republican-led House voted 251-166 …

Bipartisan Farm Bill Increases Crops Insurance, Trims Food Stamps

Editor’s Note: The House of Representatives passed the bill this morning. For the update, read here. House and Senate negotiators on Monday reached a bipartisan agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill that ends a pricy direct subsidy to farmers …

Key Flood and Crop Insurance Votes Could Come This Week

This week could see important Senate votes on a bill on the federal flood insurance program that is linked with an agent and broker licensing measure, as well House approval of a farm bill that includes crop insurance and food …

House, Senate Negotiators Fail to Reach Agreement on Crop Insurance Bill

House and Senate negotiators adjourned talks on a new agricultural bill until after a congressional recess, increasing the chances of a lapse in programs that could double the price of milk next year. “I’m disappointed we don’t have an agreement …

Food Stamp Gridlock Hurting Chance of Congress Passing Farm, Crop Insurance Bill

The chances of the U.S. Congress passing a five-year farm bill by year’s end are a little better than 50/50 given the gridlock over food stamps for the poor, a top farm policy expert said on Monday. “There is a …

President Obama Urges Congress Act on Farm, Crop Insurance, Food Stamps Bill

President Barack Obama, in a rebuke to proposals by House Republicans for steep cuts in food stamps for the poor, urged Congress on Thursday to pass a farm bill “that protects children and vulnerable adults in time of need.” Obama …

Rural Groups Push Back on Crop Insurance Cuts

Rural groups say they’ll fight a proposed $100 million-a-year cut in crop insurance subsidies, a measure that has won the support of both houses of Congress and could be a test of agriculture’s influence in Washington. The House of Representatives …