Rep. Antonio Delgado @ Radio Kingston
Lindsey is joined in the studio at Radio Kingston by freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) to talk about his hotly contested race for office, representing the needs of beginning farmers in DC, and how he’s trying to reach across the aisle in an era of “political tribalism.” After the show, Lindsey and Jessica debrief. National […]
RELEASE: House farm bill fails Young farmers call for new approach after defeat of partisan bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2018) – After today’s stunning defeat of the House farm bill, H.R. 2, in a 198 – 213 vote, the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) called on Members of Congress to repair the bipartisan farm bill coalition and deliver a farm bill that works for everyone.
“Today’s vote should prove once and for all that Congress cannot pass a bill this important by dividing Republicans and Democrats; dividing what’s right for farmers and what’s right for families; pitting the largest farms against the smallest,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, co-founder and Executive Director of NYFC. “We need a farm bill that works for, and includes, all of us. One that supports farmers and ranchers struggling through an economic downturn or growing amidst a drought, and one that can sustain farming as a viable livelihood for future generations. NYFC farmers brought Members of Congress to their farms, wrote op-eds, and sent countless letters with one theme: We cannot wait another farm bill to address the structural barriers holding our generation back. The House farm bill presented today didn’t heed that call. The House was right to defeat it, and let’s hope it’s back to the drawing board.”
RELEASE: House Agriculture Committee concludes farm bill work without making necessary changes for young farmers
Partisan markup yields heated debate, few amendments; NYFC calls on U.S. House to make improvements as farm bill goes to the floor
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018) – The House Agriculture Committee completed its markup of the House farm bill today and reported the bill to the full U.S. House. Despite a robust debate, the Committee made few changes to the bill, no moves to restore mandatory funding for programs critical to young farmers, and left key concerns over conservation, nutrition, and loan programs unaddressed. As the bill moves toward the House floor, the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) called on all Representatives to make significant changes.
Farm Bill Update – US House moves a step toward the finish line
A quick farm bill 2013 update, for all you policy wonks out there (and busy farmers too!): We broke the news last week that the House had passed a nutrition-title-only bill last week (here’s a good article summarizing how each representative voted), finally following up after passing an everything-but-nutrition farm bill a couple months ago. […]
Another step toward a farm bill as the clock ticks down
Well, we’ve been focusing the past couple weeks on the proposed food safety regulations that are turning a lot of heads in the farming communities, but let’s take a quick moment to check out what Congress is up to on the Farm Bill. Congress has only a couple weeks left before the September 30th expiration […]
Farmers fight back to protect SNAP – take action now!
Last week, for the first time in 40 years, the House of Representatives passed a farm bill without the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also called SNAP or food stamps). This was an unprecedented move, and came despite the fact that the Senate had already passed a bill that included the nutrition title. Although nutrition programs […]
After Farm Bill flop, Congress follows up with a split-bill fiasco
Late last week, the House of Representatives took up the Farm Bill again, after having failed to pass a bill last month. This time, House leaders decided to take an unusual path and split the bill up, passing only the section on farm subsidies and related programs. The part left out covered the Supplemental Nutrition […]
What's going on with the Farm Bill?
Has farm bill reporting has been stirring up a sense of déjà vu? The bill was set to expire last year, the Senate passes a version but the House fails to do the same. A lot of accusations from both sides drag on until an extension is needed. Then we saw the same exact thing […]
Breaking Farm Bill News – Bill Fails in the House
This afternoon the House of Representatives failed to pass a farm bill. After lengthy debates over the past few days and with thousands upon thousands of farmers and food advocates weighing in, the bill was shot down by a vote of 195-234. Several contentious amendments in the final hours, including a major change to SNAP […]
Congress Farm Bill Debate – UPDATE!
First, thanks to the hundreds of young farmers (and supporters!) who have taken action so far today! We’ve received some updates on the House’s progress since we broke the Farm Bill news last night: The House rules committee finally released their list of 103 amendments that they consider “worthy” of being brought to the House […]