2013-14 Farm Bill Reading Room

Congressional consideration of a new farm bill has brought passage of a bill by the Senate, the June 20 defeat of the bill in the House, the House’s July 11 passage of a bill absent a nutrition title and multiple questions about what might happen in Conference Committee. All this has Democrats, Republicans and a plethora of food, environmental, agricultural and feeding interest groups busy communicating opinions, viewpoints, and alternatives.

In its role as a non-advocacy organization, Farm Foundation, NFP seeks to inform ongoing discussions by providing a diversity of perspectives on the issues, alternatives and potential consequences of those alternatives.

Perspectives on the 2013 Farm Bill features essays authored by thought leaders in agriculture and rural America.  Organized by Farm Foundation, NFP and the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, the intent is to enrich the public policy by providing ideas and perspectives from a diverse range of thought leaders.

Featured below are resources to gain information and perspectives from a variety of stakeholders on next steps for the farm bill legislation. These resources are in three categories:

Farm Foundation does not advocate or lobby. Inclusion of any item or ideas presented here does not represent an endorsement by Farm Foundation, NFP. The opinions expressed in the articles cited are those of the authors and not those of Farm Foundation.

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The Agricultural Act of 2014 is available on the website of the U.S. House of Representative’s House Committee on Agriculture.  You will find the Bill, the Statement of Managers and the Bill Summary.

Also available is the  Farm Bill CBO Score and the  Farm Bill Conference Report.

On Feb. 5, 2014, the Congressional Research Service released:  The 2014 Farm Bill:  A Comparison of the Conference Agreement with the Senate-passed (S.954) and  the House-passed (H.R. 2642) Farm Bills.

Feb. 13, 2014: “Report sheds light on farm bill cost”
David Rogers, Politico

Feb. 10, 2014: “Farm bill includes biochemical provisions”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Feb. 7, 2014: “Obama signs historic five-year farm bill into law”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse (login required)

Feb. 7, 2014:  “Farm bill signed; USDA on the clock”
Bill Tomson, Politico

Feb. 4, 2014: “Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers”
Ron Nixon, New York Times

Feb. 4, 2014: “Obama Set to Sign Farm Bill at Stabenow’s Alma Mater”
Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call

Feb. 4, 2014: “U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill”
Jen Russell,

Feb. 4, 2014: “Senate approves five-year farm bill, sending it to Obama”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Feb. 4, 2014: “Congress approves 5-year farm bill”
David Rogers, Politico

Feb. 4, 2014: “Senate sends farm bill to Obama”
Ramsey Cox and Erik Wasson, The Hill

Feb. 4, 2014: “Senators declare votes for and against farm bill”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Feb. 3, 2014: “Farm bill on verge of passage after a long three years of haggling in Congress”
Ed O’Keefe and Kimberly Kindy, Washington Post

Feb. 3, 2014: “Five things to know about the massive farm bill”
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Feb. 3, 2014: “Senate advances farm bill”
David Rogers, Politico

Feb. 3, 2014: “Senate on verge of Farm Bill passage”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Feb. 3, 2014: “Sen. Pat Roberts on the Agricultural Act of 2014”
Agri-Pulse Open Mic (audio)

Feb. 3, 2014: “Missouri Democrat tells why he voted for the farm bill”
Agri-Pulse (Audio)

Feb. 2, 2014: “Why is the Farm Bill Finally Ripe for Passage?”
Jerry Hagstrom, National Journal

Feb. 1, 2014: “Stabenow defends farm bill provisions”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Jan. 31, 2014: “No Help for Farm Bill from Miffed Kansans in the House”
Ron Dixon and Derek Willis, New York Times

Jan. 30, 2014: “Farm bill passes House and California growers are happy”
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau, Sacramento Bee

Jan. 29, 2014: “House approves five-year farm bill, sends it to the Senate”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse–sends-it-to-Senate-01292014.asp

Jan. 29, 2014: “North American meat group disappointed farm bill fails tochange COOL”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Jan. 29, 2014: “Dairy farmers welcome farm bill’s subsidy overhaul”
Associated Press, Wall Street Journal

Jan. 29, 2014: “Mitch McConnell high on hemp provision in farm bill”
Jenny Hopkinson, Politico

Jan. 29, 2014: “Farm Bill Finally Passes the House”
Emma Dumain, Roll Call

Jan. 29, 2014: “House clears farm bill”
David Rogers, Politico

Jan. 28, 2014: “Farm Bill: Winners and losers”
Kristina Peterson and Jesse Newman, Wall Street Journal

Jan. 28, 2014: “Plenty of winners and losers in new farm bill”
Bill Tomson and  Tarini Parti, Politico

Jan, 27, 2014: “Farm Bill compromise will change programs and reduce spending”
Ron Nixon, New York Times

Jan. 27, 2014: “Farm Bill Negotiators Reach Deal, Stabenow says:
Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call

Jan, 28, 2014: “Livestock groups vow to oppose final farm bill on COOL, GIPSA issues”
Staff of Agri-Pulse

Jan. 28,2014: “Beef lobby loses push to repeal labeling rules”
David Rogers, Politico

Jan. 27, 2014: “Farm Bill conferees press hard to wrap up”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Jan. 27, 2014: “New farm bill readied for final debate”
David Rogers, Politico

Jan. 24, 2014: “House aims to finalize farm conference”
David Rogers, Politico

Jan. 23, 2014: “Farm bill vote by early next week seems more unlikely”
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse (subscription only)

Jan. 23, 2014: “County employee group makes last minute push for FSA offices”
Derrick Cain, Agri- Pulse (subscription only)

Jan. 23, 2014: “Farm bill negotiators still struggle with payment limits, dairy”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Jan. 23, 2014: “NSAC restates opposition against changes to payment limit reform in farm bill”

Jan. 23, 2014: “Farm negotiators haggle over final points”
David Rogers, Politico

Jan. 20, 2014: “USDA RMA prepared to implement farm bill when it passes”
Agri-Pulse (Audio)

Jan. 18, 2014: “U.S.House GOP leader in Springfield: Farm Bill to have reforms”
Doug Finke,  State-Courier Journal

Jan. 17, 2014: “Dairy farm lobbyists concede Boehner has killed proposal”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Jan. 17, 2014: “Standstill on farm bill may revive 1949 law”
Ron Nixon, The New York Times

Jan. 15, 2014: “Lucas continues work on proposal to solve dairy differences”
Derrick Caine, Agri-Pulse (subscriber only)

Jan. 15, 2014: “Subsidy limits in new farm bill are in trouble, Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry says”
Joseph Morton, Omaha World Herald

Jan. 15, 2014: “Agriculture chairman cites progress on farm bill compromise”
Eric Wasson, The Hill

Jan. 15, 2014: “Farm Bill: Vilsack key as Lucas seeks farm deal”
David Rogers, Politico

Jan. 15, 2014: “Farm Bill deal could be reached this week – senator”
Eric Beech, Reuters

Dec. 23, 2013:”Leahy tells farm bill conferees no more delay”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Dec. 22, 2013: “Small-acre crops and the farm bill”
David Rogers, Politico

Dec. 19, 2013: “Exports threatened by delay on farm bill, USDA says”
Daniel Enoch, Agri-Pulse

Dec. 19, 2013: “U.S. farm bill writers eye $8 billion in food stamp cuts–senator”

Dec. 11, 2013: “Farm Bill Won’t be Done Until 2014”
Chris Clayton, DTN

Dec. 11, 2013: :”Farm Bill won’t be approved until January”
Ed O’Keefe, Washington Post

Dec. 10, 2013: “No long-term farm bill this year; House may take up extension”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse (subscriber only)

Dec. 10, 2013: “Lawmakers blame weather, punt farm bill”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Dec. 10, 2013: “Reid says Senate will not extend farm bill”
Associated Press, Washington Post

Dec. 10, 2013: “Cotton, peanut and rice farmers oppose farm bill extension”
Cindy Zimmerman, Agri-Pulse (audio)

Dec. 9, 2013: “House eyeing short-term farm extension”
David Rogers, Politico

Dec. 9, 2013: “How Democrats plan to cut food stamps without enraging their base”
Meredith Shriner, Roll Call

Dec. 9, 2013: “Reformers crucial in farm bill passage”
David Rogers, Politico

Dec. 9, 2013: “Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill negotiations heat up”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Dec. 6, 2013: “Farm Bill: Next Week Pivotal”
Jerry Hagstrom, DTN

Dec. 6, 2013: “All Quiet on the Conference Front”
Emma Dumain, Roll Call

Dec. 5, 2013: “Rep. Conaway: Encouraged about farm bill prospects”
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse

Dec. 5, 2013: “Boehner: No budget, farm deals yet”
Russell Berman, The Hill

Dec. 5, 2013: “Milk prices could rise if farm bill looms”
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Dec. 5, 2013: “Farm Bill Conferee: ‘Optimistic’, but lawmakers probably won’t make New Year’s deadline”
AarianMarshall, Agri-Pulse

Dec. 5, 2013: “Farm deal is in sight, says House Chairman”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Dec. 4, 2013: “Farm bill conferees cite progress, but no final deal yet”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse–but-no-final-deal-yet-12042013.asp

Dec. 4, 2013: “Negotiators see signs of farm bill progress”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Dec. 4, 2013: “Farm Bill talks progress”
David Rogers, Politico

Dec. 3, 2013: “Iowa Officials Ask Senator to Back King Amendment”
Chris Clayton, DTN

Dec. 3, 2013: “Lead negotiator sees January finish for overdue farm bill”
Mike Stone, Reuters

Dec. 3, 2013: “Intense lobbying threatens farm bill”
David Rogers, Politico

Dec. 2, 2013: “Food stamps at centre of U.S. farm battle”
Robin Harding, Financial Times

Dec. 2, 2013: “Senate demos vow to restore cuts to food assistance:
Ramsey Cox, The Hill

Dec. 2, 2013: “Farm bill talks continue with deadline approaching”
Ed O’Keefe, Washington Post

Dec. 2, 2013: “Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill talks to step up as clock winds down”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Dec. 1, 2013: “Farm bill is closer than many think”
Jerry Hagstrom, The National Journal

Nov. 26, 2014: “Farm bill: Great experiment or dysfunction?”
David Rogers, Politico

Nov. 26, 2013: “White House slams food stamp cuts in pre-holiday report”
Bill Tomson, Politico

Nov. 25, 2013: “Vilsack: Farm bill tests D.C.’s embattled politics”
Susan Page, USA Today

Nov. 25, 2013: “Farm Bill Negotiators plan pivotal conference call”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Nov. 25, 2013: “Farm bill conference leaders talk about lack of progress”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Nov. 22, 2013: ” ‘Frank Lucas: If humanly possible, I want this farm bill done’ ”
Ron Hays, Oklahoma Farm Report (audio)

Nov. 22, 2013: “Sen. Johanns tells farm bill negotiators he’ll oppose price guarantees for crops:
Joseph Morton, Omaha World Herald

Nov. 21, 2013: “Food stamps, subsidies knotty issues as U.S. farm bill talks drag on”
Charles Abbott, Reuters

Nov. 21, 2013: “Farm bill hits more snags”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Nov. 21, 2013: “Farm bill talks stumble”
David Rogers, Politico

Nov. 20, 2013: “Missouri Senator believes in farm bill this year”

Nov. 20, 2013: “Farm bill study may get potato out of hot water”
Bill Tomson, Politico

Nov. 19, 2013: “EPA ethanol decision pushes farm bill toward finish line”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Nov. 19, 2013: “U.S. farm subsidy reforms under attack in Congress discussions”
Charles Abbott, Reuters

Nov. 19, 2013: “Farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws”
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Nov. 19, 2013: “Lucas: This week key to farm deal”
David Rogers, Politico

Nov. 19, 2013: “Corn popping in farm bill talks”
David Rogers, Politico

Nov. 19, 2013: “Vilsack focuses on positive with farm broadcasters”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Nov. 18, 2013: “Members urge adoption of House farm bill dairy provisions”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Nov. 17, 2013: “Farm Bill Conferees Focus on Food Stamp Fight”
Jerry Hagstrom, The National Journal

Nov. 17, 2013: ” ‘Safety net’ hinders farm bill talks”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Nov. 14, 2013: “Thume: Still optimistic about farm bill”
Sarah Gonzalez, Agri-Pulse

Nov. 14, 2013: “Boehner to Ryan: Hands off farm bill”
Erik Wasson and Russell Berman, The Hill

Nov. 14, 2013: “Tom Vilsack: More than agriculture at stake in farm bill”
Jenny Hopkinson, Politico

Nov. 14, 2013: “GOP more optimistic on farm bill”
David Rogers, Politico

Nov. 14, 2013: “Senator Grassley is hopeful for farm bill”
AgriPulse (audio)

Nov. 13, 2013: “House lawmakers offers motion to instruct farm bill conferees”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Nov. 13, 2013: “Farm Bill leaders report progress on deal”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Nov. 13, 2013: “USDA’s Vilsack warns against ‘hatchet’ cuts in U.S. food stamps”
Charles Abbott, Reuters

Nov. 13, 2013: “Farm Bill remains challenge”
David Rogers, Politico

Nov. 12, 2013: “Shippers vs. Obama: Farm bill negotiators face choice
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Nov. 9, 2013: “Grassley not sure negotiators will come up with a new Farm Bill”
Pat Curtis, Radio Iowa

Nov. 8, 2013: “Farm organizations still optimistic about farm bill passage this year”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Nov. 8, 2013: “Conway says farm bill almost done”
Jennifer Loesch, Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Nov. 8, 2013: “Lucas: Money makes the government go round”
Chris Day, Stillwater News

Nov. 7, 2013: “Farm Bill Conferees Consider Compromise Cuts to Food Stamps”
Billy House, National Journal

Nov. 7, 2013: “Farm Bill Could Hide Farm Locations From Public”
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Nov. 6, 2013: “Farm Bill Conferees Need ‘A Number'”
Urban Lehner, DTN blog – An Urban’s Rural View

Nov. 6, 2013: “Senators push for more crop insurance for new farmers, specialty crop farmers”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse–specialty-crop-farmers-11062013.asp

Nov. 6, 2013: “The Farm Bill: A Dickens tale”
David Rogers, Politico

Nov. 6, 2013: “Groups call for mandatory funding of farm energy programs

Nov. 5, 2013: “Farm bill negotiators resume talks this week”
David Rogers, Politico

Nov. 5, 2013: “Vilsack surveys rural challenges and wants a farm bill”
Richard Piersol: Lincoln Journal Star

Nov. 5, 2013: “Committee shows some consensus on conservation and compliance”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Nov. 4, 2013: “Peterson pushes for quick end”
Jerry Hagstrom, DTN

Nov. 3, 2013: “Compromise is the key to a new farm bill”
Jerry Hagstrom, The National Journal

Nov. 3, 2013: “Fear: Farm bill ripe target for Ryan ax”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Nov. 1, 2013: “Conference committee members urge energy program funding”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Oct. 31, 2013: “Stabenow’s dual roles: Key to Budget, Farm Bill Negotiations?”
Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call Blog

Oct. 31, 2013: “Johanns says farm bill could lead to budget deal”
Don Walton, Lincoln Star Journal

Oct. 30, 2013: “Farm Subsidies to User Fees Said to be on Budget-Cut Menu
Heidi Przybyla, Bloomberg

Oct. 30, 2013: “Farm bill chiefs defend turn in conference”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Oct. 30, 2013: “House, Senate conferees outline priorities for farm bill”
Sarah Gonzalez, Agri-Pulse
(Subscriber only)–Senate-conferees-outline-priorities-for-farm-bill-10302013.asp

Oct. 30, 2013: “Farm conference opens with optimism”
David Rogers, Politico

Oct. 29, 2013: “Peterson: ‘Absolutely opposed’ to farm bill in a broad budget deal”
Mike Lillis, The Hill

Oct. 29, 2013: “Teamsters endorse Senate farm bill on nutrition, dairy”
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse
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Oct. 29, 2013: “Food Stamps Loom Over Negotiations to Pass Farm Bill”
Alan Bjerga and Derek Wallbank, Bloomberg

Oct. 29, 2013; “Conservation groups send request to farm bill conferees”
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse

Oct. 29, 2013: “More than 250 organizations rally behind permanent law, nutrition title in farm bill”
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse

Oct. 29, 2013: “Farm talks open Wednesday”
David Rogers, Politico

Oct. 28, 2013: “Thirty-nine senators urge farm bill conference to reject food stamp cuts”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Oct. 28, 2013: “Groups seeks pollinator provision in farm bill”

Oct. 28, 2013: “Congress eyes milk prices, politics in farm talks”
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Oct. 28, 2013: “Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers focus on farm bill conference”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Oct. 27, 2013: “Budget, Farm Bill to Haunt Congress during Halloween week”
Billy House, The National Journal

Oct. 26, 2013:  “Nation headed over ‘food stamp cliff’ ”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Oct. 24, 2013: “Lawmakers urge support for beginning farmers in farm bill”

Oct. 24, 2013: “Wheat growers outline farm bill priorities”

Oct. 24, 2013: “NCFC outlines farm bill requests to conferees”

Oct. 24, 2013: “Farm bill gets no respect”
David Rogers, Politico

Oct. 23, 2013:  “House committee leaders optimistic conference, negotiations can get farm bill done”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse–negotiations-can-get-farm-bill-done-10232013.asp

Oct. 23, 2013: “Gaining ground on farm bill not a snap: Baucus heads into negotiations on agriculture”
David Murray, Great Falls Tribune

Oct. 23, 2013: “Farm safety groups blast farm bill amendments”
Ben Goad, The Hill

Oct. 23, 2013: “U.S. lawmakers to wrestle with food stamp cuts in farm bill”
Charles Abbott, Reuters

Oct. 23, 2013: “Lobbying Heats Up Before Talks”
Ron Nixon, New York Times

Oct. 23, 2013: “Tea Party groups take aim at farm bill, Republicans”
Fredericka Schouten,  USA Today

Oct. 22, 2013:  “NSAC pushes for more farm bill reforms”

Oct. 22, 2013:”Senators talk about Farm Bill Priorities”
Chris Clayton, DTN

Oct. 20, 2013: “Ready to Rumble Over the Farm Bill”
Jerry Hagstrom, The National Journal

Oct. 20, 2013: “Lawmakers seek truce with farm bill”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Oct. 16, 2013: “Farm Bureau: Don’t kill old farm bills while passing new one”
Bill Tomson, Politico

Oct. 15, 2013: American Farm Bureau Federation outlines farm bill priorities
Agri-Pulse Staff

Oct. 15, 2013: National Farmers Union sends its farm bill conference positions

Oct. 13, 2013: “On Crop Insurance, House and Senate on Same Page”
Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer

Oct. 12, 2013: “House rejects motion on sugar policy, permanent law, SNAP–but approves crop insurance AGI test”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Oct. 12, 2013: “House Names Farm Bill Conferees”
Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer

Oct. 12, 2013: “Boehner, Pelosi  name House farm bill conferees”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Oct. 11, 2013: “Long-delayed U.S. farm bill heads for final round of work”

Oct. 11, 2013: “Naming of House farm bill conferees nearing, Peterson says”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse–Peterson-says-10102013.asp

Oct. 10, 2013: “Lawmakers increase push to end direct payments”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Oct. 9, 2013: “SCO: A West Texas farm bill tale”
David Rogers, Politico

Oct. 7, 2013: “Farm bill talks revving up”
David Rogers, Politico

Oct. 6, 2013: “Farm bill could benefit from shutdown crisis”
Jerry Hagstrom, National Journal

Oct. 1, 2013: “U.S. farm law expires again with lawmakers split on new bill”
Charles Abbott, Reuters

Oct. 1, 2013: “Reid requests conference with House on agriculture bills”
Ramsey Cox, The Hill’s Floor Action Blog

Oct 1, 2013: “Farm Bill expires today; frustration persists”
Christopher Doering, Gannett Washington Bureau, Des Moines Register

Sept. 30, 2013: “Farm Bill Procedure Advances”
Jerry Hagstrom, DTN

Sept. 30, 2013: “On eve of farm bill expiration, USDA’s Harden ‘an eternal optimist'”
Aarian Marshall, Agri-Pulse–.asp?utm_source=H-All&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=H-All

Sept. 30, 2013: “Stalled farm bill’s effects reviewed by agricultural economists”
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Sept. 28, 2013: “House moves closer to farm bill conference”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Sept. 27, 2013: “Analysis: U.S. farm bill, a year overdue, still rolling on slow track”
Charles Abbott, Reuters

Sept. 27, 2013: “Bills a bonus for farm stamp users, farmers”
Carolyn Lochhead, The San Francisco Chronicle

Sept. 26, 2013: “Farm Bill Advances in House”
David Rogers, Politico

Sept. 25, 2013: “Sen. Thune: Farm Bill still seeking food stamp ‘sweet spot'”
Adrian Marshall, Agri-Pulse

Sept. 25, 2013: “Shutdown or not, Farm Bill Extension expires Oct. 1”
Phil Brasher and Ellyn Ferguson, Roll Call

Sept. 24, 2013: “Time Short, House says it seeks a new Farm Bill”
Ron Nixon, New York Times

Sept. 24, 2013:  “No action on farm bill could lead to shortages at grocery stores”
Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press

Sept. 24, 2013: “Environmental, agricultural groups oppose Rep. King farm bill provision”
Julian Hattern, The Hill Regulation Blog

Sept. 21, 2013: “Rep. Owens says bipartisan compromise will be crucial to pass farm bill by deadline”
Ted Booker, Watertown Daily Times

Sept. 20, 2013: “Fate of farm bill far from clear”
David Rogers, Politico

Sept. 20, 2013: “Cantor’s Farm Bill Strategy Pays Off”
Matt Fuller, Roll Call

Sept. 20, 2013:  “Lucas, Peterson weigh in on House passage of nutrition bill”
Audio from Agri-Pulse

Sept. 19, 2013: “House approves bill to cut food stamps”
David Rogers, Politico

Sept. 19, 2013: “House approves bill to cut nearly $40 billion from SNAP”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Sept. 19, 2013: “House set to act on $40 billion cut to SNAP program”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse$40-billion-cut-to-SNAP-program-09182013.asp

Sept. 18, 2013: “House Agriculture: Searching for the Future of Food”
Jerry Hagstrom, National Journal

Sept. 18, 2013: “White House vows to veto Republican bill to cut food stamps”
Charles Abbott, Reuters

Sept. 18, 2013: “House GOP works for votes on food stamp measure but some moderates say the cuts are too much”
Washington Post/The Associated Press

Sept. 18, 2013: “Fight over food stamps dominates Farm Bill”
Billy House, National Journal

Sept. 17, 2013:  “Collin Peterson remains pessimistic about Farm Bill chances”
Tom Cherveny, West Central Tribune/

Sept. 16, 2013: “House Rules Committee poised to set rule on 3-year nutrition bill”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

Sept. 16, 2013: “Club for Growth Won’t Key Vote Nutrition Bill”
Emma Dumain, Roll Call

Sept. 16, 2013: “Target Price Programs Could Spark a New WTO Case”
Chris Clayton, DTN;jsessionid=0278EC3E9CE2485D1ADFEABD9C4FF82C.agfreejvm2?blogHandle=policy&symbolicName=/ag/blogs/template1

Sept. 16, 2013: “Farm Bill might violate trade rules: U.S. business groups”
Charles Abbott, Reuters,0,4571372.story

Sept. 16, 2013: “House Bill would cut $4B a year from food stamps”
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Sept. 15, 2013:  “The farm bill is back”
David Rogers, Politico

Sept. 12, 2013: “House lawmakers push against crop insurance subsidies”
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse

Sept. 12, 2013: “Frank Lucas: ‘Bigger Ideas’ Needed for Farm Bill”
David Rogers, Politico

Sept. 11, 2013:  “Democrats latest farm bill strategy: Threaten to double the price of milk”
Mike Lillis, The Hill

Sept. 10, 2913: “Tom Vilsack: Strongly Opposed to Farm Bill Extension”
David Rogers, Politico

Sept. 9, 2013: “Stabenow won’t back another farm bill extension”
Neils  Lesniewski , Roll Call

Aug. 27, 2013: “NRDC study:  Steps should be taken to limit rising crop insurance payments”
Christopher Doering, The Des Moines Register

Aug. 26, 2013: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K) on passing a new farm bill
Agri-Pulse Open Mic

Aug. 21, 2013: “Braley acknowledges passing farm bill depends on GOP”
Jason Noble, Des Moines Register

Aug. 21, 2013: “Despite legislative difficulties, Noem predicts farm bill will pass both Houses”
David Montgomery,

Aug. 21, 2013: “U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow visits Hop Head Farms, discusses proposed federal crop insurance changes”
Ursulla Zerilli,

Aug. 19, 2013: “Cantwell stumps for U.S. farm bill”
The Columbian

Aug. 17, 2013: “King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates”
Nicole Greenstein, Time magazine

Aug. 15, 2013: “Will farmers ‘bring the heat’ to finish the farm bill?”
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse

Aug. 15, 2013: “Heritage Action head calls for farm bill extension”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

Aug. 14, 2013: “Hoevens: Farmers should woo big-city lawmakers”
Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

Aug. 14, 2013: “Humane Society continues to urge lawmakers to drop King amendment from Farm Bill”

Aug. 13, 2013:  “Put food stamps in final farm bill, Democrats urge Boehner”
Matt Fuller, Roll Call

Aug. 9, 2013: “Specialty Crop States Must Push For Five-Year Farm Bill”
Jerry Hagstrom, DTN

Aug. 8, 2013: “McCaskill sends campaign pitch for farm bill”
Neils Lesniewski, Roll Call

Aug. 7, 2013: “Vilsack says fast action needed on farm bill”
Christopher Doering, Gannett Washington Bureau|head&nclick_check=1

Aug. 7, 2013: “USDA says it will stop cotton payments to Brazil”
Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Aug. 7, 2013: “U.S. cotton payments to Brazil may end due to lack of farm bill, Vilsack says”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse–Vilsack-says-08072013.asp

Aug. 7, 2013: “Soybean leader frustrated with Congress”
Agri-Pulse (audio)

Aug. 7, 2013: “Peterson: Farm Bill process resembles horror movie”
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse (subscription only)

Aug. 4, 2013: “Daines: Half measures unacceptable for farm bill”
Tom Lutey, Billings Gazette

Aug. 4, 2013: “Farm Bill Negotiations to Continue into September as Expiration Looms”
Ellyn Ferguson, Roll Call

Aug. 1, 2013: “Rep. Walz leads new push for farm bill conference”
Aarian Marshall, Agri-Pulse

Aug. 1, 2013: “Senate names farm bill conferees”

Aug. 1, 2013:  “Lucas: GOP nutrition proposal would cut $40 billion”
Aarian Marshall, Agri-Pulse$40-billion-08012013.asp

Aug. 1, 2013: “Committee Chair says GOP preparing legislation to cut food stamp program by 5 percent”
Associated Press, Washington Post

Aug. 1, 2013:  “House GOP take another cut at food stamp bill”
David Rogers, Politico

Aug. 1, 2013: “Farm Bill a ‘Ticking Time Bomb,’ Senator Says”
Nate Birt, AgWeb

July 30, 2013: “House Plan on Food Stamps Would Cut 5 million From Program:
Ron Nixon, The New York Times

July 28, 2013: Agri-Pulse interview with Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), on why he could not support a split farm bill.
Agri-Pulse Audio Open Mic

July 26, 2013:  “House won’t do food stamp bill before August recess”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

July 25, 2013:  “The Eric Cantor-John Boehner farm bill two-step”
David Rogers, Politico

July 25, 2013: “House GOP continues to move on nutrition title bill”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

July 23, 2013: “Stabenow Waiting on House Leaders”
Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent

July 23, 2013: “Engagement needed for farm bill passage, Vilsack says”
Cheryl Tevis,

July 22, 2013: “Vilsack: Congress passes Farm Bill now, or we don’t get one”
Perry Beeman, Des Moines Register

July 21, 2013: “Farm Bill’s Roots in Old Laws Should Be Sustained”
Jerry Hagstrom, National Journal

July 19, 2013: “Cantor vague on process for CR, farm bill conference”
Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

July 19, 2013: “Agriculture Panel Heads Meet on Farm Bill”
David Rogers, Politico

July 19, 2013: “Senators say farm bill must include nutrition title”
Audio from Agri-Pulse

July 18, 2013: “Coalition of 243 groups pushes Congress on farm bill”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

July 17, 2013: “Stabenow continues march to farm bill conference:
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

July 17, 2013:  “Vilsack on farm bill: ‘Don’t let them do this to you'”
Spencer Chase, Agri-Pulse

July 16, 2013: “Ag groups oppose farm bill split, repeal of permanent law”
Carol Ryan Dumas, Capital Press

July 15, 2013 “Stabenow Says Food Programs Will Remain in Final Farm Bill”
Ellyn Ferguson and Phil Brasher, Roll Call

July 14, 2013: “Questions Await on Trying to Conference Farm Bill”
Chris Clayton, DTN Progressive Farmer

July 11, 2013: “After farm bill split, farm groups seek a make-up in conference”
Sarah Gonzalez, Agri-Pulse (subscription may be required)

July 11, 2013: “House-passed farm bill deemed flawed by Senate Democrats”
Alan Bjerga and Derek Wallbank, Bloomberg News

July 11, 2013: “House approves five-year farm bill without nutrition title”
Derrick Cain, Agri-Pulse

July 11, 2013: “Farm Bill passes in House, without food stamp funding”
Ed O’Keefe, Washington Post

July 11, 2013: “Farm Bill: House narrowly passes pared-back version”
David Rodgers, Politico

July 10, 2013/updated July 11, 2013: House Republicans dropping food stams from farm bill; White House threatens veto”
Associated Press

July 7/8, 2013: “Proposal to split farm bill divides Congress”
Jerry Hagstrom, National Journal

July 7, 2013: “Agriculture at crossroads in Congress:
David Rogers, Politico

July 7, 2013: “Farm bill decision looms for Boehner”
Erik Wasson, The Hill

July 5, 2013: “Splittism Comes to Farm Bill Politics”
Urban Lehner, DTN/Progressive Farmer

July 3, 2013: “Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture’s Waning Power”

July 2, 2013: “Boehner Pressed on Farm Bill Split”

July 2, 2013: “Urban-Rural Alliance Breaks Down on Farm Bill Vote”
Thomas Beaumont of the Associated Press

July 2, 2013: “5 Farm bill groups you didn’t think existed”
Matt Fuller of Roll Call

July 2, 2013: “’They’re Coming After Me,’ House Chairman tells Town Hall Meeting
CQ Roll Call

Agri-Pulse – subscription-based

The Hagstrom Report – subscription-based

ProFarmer Washington Report – subscription-based

CQ’s Executive Briefing-Agriculture and Food – subscription-based

Organizational advocacy or viewpoints…………………………………….……………………………

Feb. 4, 2014: “Not Your Father’s Farm Bill”
Opinion piece by Debbie Stabenow, Huffington Post Food for Thought

Feb. 4, 2014: “Collin Peterson: Finally, a farm bill–and a good one at that”
Opinion piece by Collin Peterson, Grand Forks Herald

Feb. 4, 2014: “In Congress’s farm bill, the rich get richer”
Washington Post Editorial Board

Jan. 23, 2014: “Iowa Rep Steve King lays an egg on the Farm Bill”
Los Angeles Times editorial

Jan. 15, 2014: “U.S. Dairy Industry wants price protections in the farm bill”
The Washington Post Editorial Board

Dec. 30, 2013: “Not too late to fix the farm bill and avoid trade retaliation”
Mark Langevin, Ph.D., Director, BrazilWorks, and international adviser to the Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão (Abrapa).
The Hill

Nov. 29, 2013: “On food stamps, GOP takes a principle to extremes”
Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post

Nov. 25, 2013: “Farm bill? We don’t need any farm bill”
Harlan R. Anderson, Minneapolis Star Tribune Op-Ed article

Nov. 14, 2013: “Farm Bill Should Link Conservation Compliance to Crop Insurance”
Andrew McElwaine, CEO, American Farmland Trust

Nov. 13, 2013: “How to Pass the Farm Bill: Make It About Anything But Subsidies”
Emma Green, The Atlantic

Sept. 25, 2013: “The House and Senate farm bills don’t make the grade”
Vincent Smith, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute,  The Hill’s Congress Blog

Sept. 23, 2013: “It’s Time for Congress to Clinch the Farm Bill”
Andrew McElwaine, American Farmland Trust,  commentary in Agri-Pulse

Sept. 19, 2013: “Food (Stamps) for Thought”
Henry Olsen, National Review Online

Sept. 18, 2013: “GOP bill takes food from hungry children and struggling families”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), The Hill

Sept. 17, 2013: “2013 Farm Bill: Groundhog’s Day?”
Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union, The Hill’s Congress Blog

Sept. 13, 2013: “R Street Brief notes farm bill could spell big trouble for hunters”
R Street Institute:

Aug. 26, 2013:  “Inactivity on the Farm Bill Threatens Farmland and Natural Resources”
Andrew McElwaine, President of American Farmland Trust,  Agri-Pulse

Aug. 25, 2013: “An amendment that hurts chickens–and Americans”
The Washington Post–and-americans/2013/08/25/f24aa1dc-0b36-11e3-8974-f97ab3b3c677_story.html

Aug. 24, 2013: “Another view: Congress needs to back small towns and rural life”
Chuck Hasselbrook of the Center for Rural Affairs, The Des Moines Register

Aug. 22, 2013: “No Farm Bill, sequestration hit rural Minnesota housing”
Lee Egerstrom of Minnesota 2020, The Daily Planet

Aug. 22, 2013: “House SNAP Cuts Will Eliminate Assistance for Millions, New Study Finds”
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Aug. 21/22, 2013:  “Rising prosperity on the farm”
Chicago Tribune editorial,0,7612623.story

Aug. 20, 2013: “The King Amendment: The Farm Bill’s Golden Egg”
Rick Berman of the Center for Consumer Freedom,  The Hill Congress Blog

Aug. 20, 2013: “Steve King’s inhumane farm bill measure”
Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post

Aug. 16, 2013: “Reject King Amendment to the Farm Bill”
Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, The Hill Congress Blog

Aug. 16, 2013:  “Congress should table the farm bill”
Christine Harbin Hanson of Americans for Prosperity, The Hill Congress Blog

Aug. 8, 2013: “Bad for the birds, bad for all of us”
Washington Post op-ed by John W. Fitzpatrick and George Fenwick

Aug. 7, 2013: “House Republicans’ Additional SNAP Cuts Would Increase Hardship in Areas with High Unemployment”
Ed Bolen, Dorothy Rosenbaum and Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Aug. 1, 2013: “When Washington Forgot How to Negotiate”
Reid Wilson, National Journal

July 28, 2013: “Armchair farmers don’t feed the USA”
Bob Stallman, USA Today

July 24, 2013: “Snap, Cackle and Slop!”
Frank Islam and Fred Crego, The Huffington Post Blog

July 23, 2013: “Split food stamps from obsolete farm programs”
Chicago Tribune editorial,0,2165966.story

July 19, 2013: “Politics Counts: The Complicated Farm-Bill Math”
Dante Chinne, Wall Street Journal

July 16, 2013: “Farm policy, nutrition go together”
Former Agriculture Secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann Veneman,  The Hill

July 12, 2013: “A Game-Changer for the Farm Bill and SNAP”
Blog post by Michael Dimock, Roots of Change,

July 11, 2013:  “Farm Bill Politics May Prove Devastating to the Environment”
Lisa Schulte Moore, Scientific American

July 10, 2013: “Farm Bill: House May Be Back At It Again”
The Heritage Foundation

June 27, 2013: “Amendment Votes Show the Way Forward for the Farm Bill, “
Jason Rano, Director of Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group

An October 2011assessment and Comparison of farm safety net proposal prepared by Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University for American Farmland Trust

July 5, 2012 Farm Bill analysis by Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Environmental Working Group

Policy analysis and references……………………………………….…………………………………….
Farm Foundation, NFP blog, AgChallenge2050

Oct. 1, 2013: “Impacts of Selected Provisions of the House and Senate Farm Bills”
Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri

Aug. 22, 2013: “Farm Bill Conference Issues”
FarmDoc Daily

Ohio State University’s Ohio Ag Manager: 2013 Farm Bill Update – July 2013

“Four Key Issues to Know about the Future of Farm Policy”
Mike Boehlje of Purdue University, Gary Schnitkey of the University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University discussed the future of farm policy on a webinar hosted by the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.

“A Comparison of Senate-Passed Bill (S.954) & House-Reported Bill (H.R. 1947) with Current Law”
Ralph Chite, Congressional Research Service June 2013

“What is the Farm Bill?”
Renee Johnson and Jim Monke, Congressional Research Service, June 2013

“Agricultural Export Program: Background and Issues”
Charles E. Hanrahan, Congressional Research Service, June 2013

“Agriculture and Related Agencies–FY2014 Appropriations”
Jim Monke, Congressional Research Service, June 2013
Keith Good provides a daily summary of news related to agricultural policy.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Agriculture and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University

National Agricultural Law Center provides information on the current farm bill as well as previous legislation dating back to 1933. This site also includes a number of Congressional Research Service reports on the farm bill, including this September 2011 comparison of safety net provisions of the Senate and House versions of the bill:

Oklahoma State University: This site has fact sheets and presentations on several provisions of the 2008 Food, Conservation & Energy Act. Additional pages can be accessed on specific topics, such as commodities, nutrition or conservation.

April 2013: “ Farm Programs and Decisions for 2013 and Beyond? Presentation by University of Nebraska Economist Brad Lubben analyzing farm programs and farm policy outlook.

“Review of U.S. Farm Programs”
A paper commissioned by AGree

“Agricultural Conservation & Environmental Programs: The Challenge of Measuring Performance”
A paper commissioned by AGree.
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“Assessing the Impacts of Federal Farm Bill Programs on Rural Communities”
A paper commissioned by AGree.

“Review of U.S. Nutrition Assistance Policy: Programs and Issues”
A paper commissioned by AGree.

Information from USDA’s Economic Research Service.

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition

Legislative information from the Library of Congress

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