On New Years Day, an End to the 2012 Farm Bill Season

Well, the Farm Bill race of 2012 is over, although the new bill is only a nine-month extension tacked onto the far larger fiscal cliff bill. The final vote last night in the house was 257-167, with support from a large majority of Democrats and 36% support from Republicans.  In the end, the landslide of approval for the bill was an aversion to actually going over the fiscal cliff – since Tuesday was a national holiday, today was the deadline for... Read More

Senate Farm Bill Drops – Beginning Farmer Training Cut By Half

The Senate version of the 2012 Farm Bill was just released — and it’s not looking good for beginning farmers. The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program funding was cut in half.  More updates to come.  If you haven’t taken action to save funding for beginning farmers in the Farm Bill, don’t delay! Here is the draft Farm Bill from the Senate … and what we were asking for in the Beginning Farmer and Rancher... Read More