Farm Bill

North Country News
6:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Gillibrand Introduces Dairy Measures

NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate will once again consider the Farm Bill. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is presenting measures she claims will help stabilize the state’s dairy industry. 

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Three Ag Bills Re-Introduced

Congressman Bill Owens

A northern New York Congressman is re-introducing three farming related bills that had been proposed in the previous session of Congress. The bills were part of the 2012 Farm Bill, which has yet to be passed by the U.S. House.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Farm Provisions Passed in Fiscal Cliff Bill

Credit WAMC

The 2012 Farm Bill failed to come to a floor vote in the U.S. House before the end of year, but some key provisions were passed as part of the fiscal bill that the House passed late on New Year’s Day.

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New England News
9:20 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Deal Could Prevent Spike in Milk Prices

Credit WAMC

The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that expired in October, to head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month. But there is no vote scheduled yet on the House floor.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Schumer and Gillibrand Warn of Higher Dairy Prices Sans Farm Bill

Credit WAMC

Senator Charles Schumer is sharpening his warning that if Congress, and the House in particular, does not pass the Farm Bill, consumers may see the price of milk double and dairy farmers lose any price stability.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Concern and Frustration Mount Over Lack of Farm Bill Action in Washington

Credit WAMC

Frustration and concerns are growing in the agricultural community as the Farm Bill languishes in the U.S. House, and no action appears to be imminent.

The U.S. Farm Bill expires at the end of the year.  At that time, some programs will revert to previous funding levels and others will sunset. Some programs, like the Milk Income Loss Program - or MILC - a support program for dairy farmers, has already ended.  The Senate has passed the bill, but House leadership has not brought it to a floor vote.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Concerns Over Congressional Delay On Farm Bill Passage

WAMC

The leader of the U.S. House confirmed Thursday that the Farm Bill will not be addressed until after the November election.  That concerns farmers across the region, because the bill and provisions crucial to the dairy industry expire at the end of this month.

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WAMC News
4:46 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Regional Coalition Calls for Passage of Farm Bill

Great Lakes Farm Bill Report Cover
Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition

The U.S. Farm Bill does more than fund agricultural programs.  It is also the source of money for the SNAP, or food stamp program, and is also the largest source of conservation funding in the federal budget. A coalition of groups from the Great Lakes region is calling on federal legislators to pass the Farm Bill.

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North Country News
6:49 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Farm Bill Has Market Stabilization Plan for Milk

WAMC

Vermont's congressional delegation says the farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate that includes a program aimed at stabilizing milk prices is a good step forward.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

A provision of the voluntary program is designed to stop the dramatic swings in prices, by discouraging the oversupply of milk and allowing farmers to buy insurance that pays out when prices plummet.

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Hudson Valley News
4:21 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Advocates Demand Farm Worker Regulations

Young adult farm workers at Albany's West Capitol Park (21 May 2012)
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Farm workers and Religious Leaders joined with Community and Civil Rights Advocates to urge state lawmakers in Albany to enact the Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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