A Long Road for CSP: Reflections on the 2018 Farm Bill

Environmental issues ranging from water pollution to biodiversity loss to soil erosion remain an ever looming presence. However, many people may be unaware of the role that agriculture plays in many of these problems. Unfortunately, there are few mandatory regulations dictating how agricultural land use interacts with the environment. Instead, mitigating agriculture’s impact on the environment rests largely on the…

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Fixing The Floodgates: The Need To Link Disaster Relief And Climate Change Resilience — Part Two

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, farmers across the Southeast face devastating losses to this year’s harvest and livestock operations. Through the Farm Bill and other authorizing statutes, Congress has created several programs that allow farmers to receive financial assistance after a natural disaster. These USDA programs go far in helping affected individuals recover and move forward. However, USDA disaster relief programs…

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Fixing the Floodgates: The Need to Link Disaster Relief and Climate Change Resilience — Part One

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, farmers across the Southeast face devastating losses to this year’s harvest and livestock operations. Through the Farm Bill and other authorizing statutes, Congress has created several programs that allow farmers to receive financial assistance after a natural disaster. These USDA programs go far in helping affected individuals recover and move forward. However,…

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REPORT CARD: Productivity and Risk Management in the Senate Farm Bill

Beginning today, FBLE is releasing report cards that assess how various drafts of the next farm bill align with FBLE’s policy recommendations. The goal is to provide a snapshot of a very long and complex piece of legislation, and to highlight where specific provisions succeed or fail to advance FBLE’s shared values. Each report card is keyed to one of…

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Senate Ag Committee Advances Farm Bill With Mixed Bag of Amendments

Today the Senate Agriculture Committee breezed through its mark up of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and sent the draft farm bill to the full Senate on a vote of 20-1 (Senator Chuck Grassley, R-IA, voted “no”). The committee voted through a slate of amendments to the draft text released late last week. Dozens of amendments were incorporated into…

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Senate Farm Bill Adopts FBLE Recommendations; Key Concerns Remain

Senate Joins Farm Bill Fray Last Friday the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry released its draft farm bill, kicking off the Senate’s effort to pass new omnibus legislation before some provisions of the current law expire in September. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“AIA”), which arrives on the heels of the House’s failure to pass its own…

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