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The 2014 Farm Bill: Reactions from relief to aghast

Jerry Hagstrom, who writes the daily Hagstrom report on agriculture matters, explains why the farm bill passed.   After 3 or 4 years of fuss, practically everyone thought it was the best they could do: Critics on the right and the left say that such an outpouring of endorsements shows that the farm bill is […]

Farm Bill; Budget; Ag Economy; Regulations; RINs; and, Immigration- Thursday

(Note that yesterday’s FarmPolicy.com report has been updated with a correction in the Farm Bill Analysis section). Farm Bill Issues DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday at the DTN Ag Policy Blog that, “As congressional...Show More Summary

C-SPAN Washington Journal Features Discussion on Farm Policy

From the C-SPAN Washington Journal program, Sept. 21, “National Journal Contributing Editor and The Hagstrom Report Founder & Executive Editor Jerry Hagstrom discussed the future of the Farm Bill, with the House & Senate far apart on approaches to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) and a Farm Bill expiration just ahead on September […]

The Farm Bill: A Very Brief History

I am an avid reader of Jerry Hagstrom’s Hagstrom Report, which I subscribe to and consider well worth the price.  He not only tracks farm and agriculture policy, but explains it in ways that I can actually understand. Sometimes, his articles go to the National Journal and other places with open access.  This one gives [...]

Keeping track of the farm bill: 194 amendments so far, just in the Senate

Congress is in recess this week so nothing new is happening on the farm bill. I’m indebted to Jerry Hagstrom, who writes the Hagstrom Report and follows farm bill issues closely, for publishing a list of amendments filed to date on the Senate draft of the bill.  Would you believe 194? Of these, the Senate [...]

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biofuel; Budget; and, Regulations- Tuesday

Farm Bill- Policy Issues DTN Ag Policy Editor Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas is planning a farm bill that will cut $38 billion in spending over 10 years, $3 billion more than last year, with $20 billion coming from the food stamps account and $18 billion from the rest of [...]

Policy Issues- Budget; Trade; Biofuels; Regulations; and, Immigration

Policy Issues- Budget- Farm Bill DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “The Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will have to furlough meat, poultry and egg product inspectors if sequestration goes into effect, U.S. Show More Summary

Farm Bill; Budget; Food Safety; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill Issues DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “The continuing battle between the North and the South over the commodity title in the farm bill broke out again this past weekend as a coalition of 33 senators called for the inclusion of the Senate-passed farm bill in an end-of-the-year legislative package. “One [...]

Farm Bill; Biotech; Budget; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “While Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at a dairy expo in Wisconsin on Tuesday about the need for a farm bill that creates a new dairy program, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said in Washington that, as a native New Englander, she [...]

Committee Chairman and House Leadership- Reminiscing About (Wishing For (?))- Speaker Pelosi

As was noted earlier this week, National Journal columnist and agricultural reported Jerry Hagstrom presented a farm policy seminar this week at the Big Iron Farm Show in North Dakota. An interesting issue that came in the discussion related to the relationship between the Agriculture Committee Chairman and House leadership. More specifically, Mr. Hagstrom elaborated [...]

Jerry Hagstrom- Farm Bill Discussion at Big Iron

National Journal columnist and agricultural journalist Jerry Hagstrom participated yesterday in a farm policy seminar at the Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo, ND. Mr. Hagstrom, who authors The Hagstrom Report, a news service providing original national and international agricultural news to subscribers, provided a broad-based and informative presentation of the Farm Bill debate [...]

Farm Bill; Budget; Ag Economy; Regulations; and, Trade

Farm Bill and Policy Issues Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday at Agweek Online that, “As the Senate appears ready to take up a farm bill that would make payments to farmers when their revenue goes down, House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says after spending a week in his district, he is determined to [...]

Farm Bill; Agricultural Economy; and Regulations

Farm Bill Issues DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow said here [Monterey, Calif.] late Friday she expects the farm bill to come up on the Senate floor in early June and to garner at least the 60 votes needed to end debate and move the bill to [...]

Farm Bill; Budget; Ag Economy; Trade; and Regulations

Farm Bill Issues DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “All crops need a farm program that protects them from multiyear price drops, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said Tuesday, a position with which House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson agrees. Show More Summary

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; MF Global; Trade; and Political Notes

Farm Bill Issues DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “During the congressional recess and this week, both aides and lobbyists were reluctant to speak on the record about the proposed farm bill. “One aide to a senator who is not a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee said committee aides [...]

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Trade; and Regulations

Farm Bill: Background for Today’s Senate Ag Committee Hearing DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman will tell the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday...Show More Summary

Farm Bill and Policy Issues; Regulations; Trade; and Ag Economy

Farm Bill and Policy Issues DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said Tuesday that she moved up the dates of the last two farm bill hearings so that her committee can move more quickly toward marking up the bill. “‘We just want a little bit more time [...]

Budget and the Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Trade; Biofuels; and Regulations

Budget Issues and the Farm Bill DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson wants Congress to consider adding the farm bill, which was prepared for the failed supercommittee on deficit reduction, to a bill to pay for an extension of payroll tax relief and unemployment insurance and [...]

Farm Bill; Supercommittee; and, Land Values

Farm Bill DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “Coalitions of northern and southern growers issued competing statements Tuesday on the structure of new programs that farm leaders on Capitol Hill are considering. “Also Tuesday, a key Agriculture Department official said that the demise of direct payments and the creation of new commodity programs [...]

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