Farm Bill

The Farm Bill could be the year’s last major piece of legislation.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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As representatives in Washington continue to deliberate the next Farm Bill, officials in New York are keeping a close eye on the negotiations.

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is promoting legislation that would return to dairy farmers premiums paid into a program intended to be a safety net when milk prices to producers plummet.  The Democrat says farmers have never benefited even though milk prices have been dropping since the program was implemented.

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The Vermont Milk Commission is working to learn more about the health of the state's dairy industry in hopes that solutions to the challenges the industry faces can be addressed in the next federal farm bill.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall
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The Vermont Farm Bureau will host two national agricultural leaders in the next few weeks.

Congressman Peter Welch at St. Albans food shelf
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Congressman Peter Welch met with dairy farmers in St. Albans, Vermont, to discuss what he calls a "battle plan" for the upcoming farm bill which expires in 2018.

Leaders of the New York Farm Bureau are in Washington this week for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy Conference and to meet with the state congressional delegation.  New York’s largest agricultural lobbying organization has a number of priority issues, and it outlined the top three on a conference call with reporters this morning.

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Agricultural producers from across New York travel to Washington each year to participate in the annual New York Farm Day.   Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hosting the 15th annual event this evening on Capitol Hill.

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Dairy experts are urging farmers to sign up for a new program included in the Farm Bill that is their only safety net for fluctuating milk prices.

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Vermont's top agriculture officials are urging the state's dairy farmers to enroll in a new price protection program.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed a new provision of the federal farm bill when he visited Burlington last week. Enrollment for the new dairy margin insurance program begins today.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was at the Leahy-ECHO Center for Lake Champlain in Vermont this morning to announce accelerated funding to improve the lake’s water quality.

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U.S. Congressman Richard Neal was on the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Friday. As he often does during district visits, the Democrat taught a government class, spoke to students interested in travel and toured the college’s science center, which opened last fall.

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Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill last week and President Obama is expected to sign it into law on Friday. While farmers in the region say they did not get all they wanted in the bill, what passed is acceptable.

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    A Farm Bill compromise is finally in sight.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that compromise can leave both sides somewhat unhappy. The two spoke Tuesday, one day before the House passed the Farm Bill.

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The New York Farm Bureau outlined its state priorities and discussed the just-passed federal Farm Bill during a conference call this morning.

    The Farm Bill still has to be completed.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the agriculture industry in his district is waiting.

1/29/14 Panel

Jan 29, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
SOTU
Farm Bill
Abortion Vote
Syria Talks
Data Requests

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The Farm Bill sets the nation’s food, nutrition and agriculture policy agenda. It’s generally a five-year bill. The overdue legislation that is being negotiated in Congress expired in 2012 and its provisions have been retained through continuing resolutions.  The new Farm Bill was expected to receive a final vote shortly after Congress returned to session, but negotiations have stalled.

    In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s confident a new Farm Bill will be passed soon.

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The White House Rural Council has released a report that outlines the need for Congressional passage of the Farm Bill.

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While the focus has been on the partial federal government shut down, another important piece of legislation, the federal Farm Bill, has also expired.  New York’s lead lobbyist for farmers is in Washington meeting with congressional representatives and their staffs trying to figure out what to do next.

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It’s not just the government that shut down today.  Congress has failed to act on the Farm Bill extension, which expired at midnight, and some are concerned that will add to economic uncertainty, especially in the dairy sector.

8/27/13 - Panel

Aug 27, 2013

  WAMC’s Alan Chartock, the Hunger Action Network’s Mark Dunlea and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Syria
Kerry on Syria
Debt Ceiling
Farm Bill

Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Sees Growing EBT Use

Aug 18, 2013
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By 10 on a recent Saturday morning, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market was already busy.  The market partners with SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.  Open Saturdays, the farmers market takes place at the convergence of River and Third Streets in downtown Troy, an area that, like many urban centers, features more convenience stores and eateries than markets.   Shoppers looking for an alternative to otherwise limited options can find organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, locally-produced meat, fish, and dairy, in addition to prepared foods from neighborhood businesses,

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The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “farm only” farm bill that removed the major provisions of the bill - its nutrition programs. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says both food and farm security has been compromised.

7/12/13 - Panel

Jul 12, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics:
Farm Bill
Fillibuster Limit
Debt Collection
Bulger Trial
Student Loan Snag

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Congress' failure to pass a farm bill last week has already resurrected talk of a "dairy cliff," in which milk prices could skyrocket to $6 a gallon.

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The failure of the federal Farm Bill has upset members of the agriculture community as uncertainty over the fate of key provisions remains.  The bill also funds nutrition programs, and with deep cuts proposed to the food stamp program, hunger advocates are relieved.

The U.S. House defeated the Farm Bill on Thursday afternoon. In our region, two Congressmen who had worked for years to obtain passage of the bill voted on opposite sides.

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