Peterson Statement: Conaway Named Ag Committee Chair

WASHINGTON – November 19, 2014 – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today made the following statement after it was announced that Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, will succeed Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., to chair the House Agriculture Committee during the 114th Congress.

“I congratulate Congressman Conaway on his election to Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. As a fellow CPA, I think we can find common ground as the Committee oversees farm bill implementation and reauthorizing the CFTC during the next Congress. The Agriculture Committee has a strong bipartisan tradition, which I look forward to continuing under Chairman Conaway.

“I would also like to commend Chairman Lucas for his leadership. While he will no longer be Chairman, I have no doubt he will remain a strong advocate for America’s farmers and ranchers and a respected member of the Agriculture Committee.”

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Mike Conaway Named Chairman of House Committee on Agriculture

Congressman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) issued the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee selected him as the 50th chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 50th chairman of the storied House Committee on Agriculture.  The work that farmers and ranchers do is part of our country’s foundation.  They feed, fuel, and clothe our nation.  I look forward to building on the bipartisan work of the chairmen who have led this committee for the past two centuries.

“I represent, and love, rural America. It’s the backbone of our country.  The values and concepts that make America great are stored in rural America, and I want to protect that.  There are fewer and fewer voices representing rural America, and I am honored to be one of those voices. That is my overarching drive as the Committee moves forward.”

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Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Begins Nov. 17

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

To view the entire announcement from USDA, click here.

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USDA Unveils Whole-farm Revenue Insurance Program

The Agriculture Department unveiled on Thursday its new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance policy. The new insurance program, run by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, allows farmers to take out policies on 50 percent to 85 percent of the entire revenue generated by a farm — including fruits and vegetables — rather than the traditional method of taking out separate policies for each crop that is grown. More from the USDA here: http://1.usa.gov/10C7qhg

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USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by the Dec. 1, 2014, deadline to ensure that their vote is counted.

More information on county committees, such as the new 2014 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. Visit http://go.usa.gov/pYV3 to find an FSA office near you.

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Lucas Applauds USDA for Moving Forward with Implementing Critical Drought Assistance for Farmers

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014– – Today, Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement welcoming the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will move forward with implementing the Actual Production History (APH) adjustment for 2015 spring-planted crops. This crop insurance provision in the Agricultural Act of 2014 allows yield adjustments when losses are widespread and beyond the control of producers.

“I commend Secretary Vilsack and his team on their efforts to implement this critical provision in the farm bill. The APH adjustment means everything to farmers all across the country who have suffered through year after year of devastating drought conditions. It is the difference between having viable crop insurance for the coming year or not. It is for these reasons that I worked to include the APH adjustment in the farm bill and why I am pleased the Secretary redoubled his efforts to get it done this year. I remain hopeful that USDA will also work to make the same relief available to winter wheat producers.”

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USDA FSA Announces Key Dates for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs

Washington DC, Oct. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015 Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015 Mid-April through Summer 2015 October 2015
Land owners make base reallocation/yield updates Producers make election between ARC/PLC Producers sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years Payments for 2014 crop year, if needed

For More information, please click here.

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New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers

September 29, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – Last week The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a press release announcing a new peanut revenue policy.  This policy was first introduced at the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation meeting September 17-18, 2014.  The Georgia Peanut Commission was represented at this meeting by Andy Bell of Climax, Georgia, and Dr. Stanley Fletcher from the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness.

View USDA’s Press Release Here.

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USDA Announces New Risk Management Programs

September 25, 2014 – Washington, D.C.- House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other farm leaders at an event to unveil the new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, new risk management tools authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Peterson made the following statement:

“The 2014 Farm Bill made important reforms to farm programs and provides farmers with a choice of a price or revenue-based safety net that will only provide assistance if there is a price or crop loss. Beginning Monday, farmers will be able to visit their local FSA offices to learn more about these important risk management tools and make the best decision for their individual operation. I have been closely following USDA’s efforts to implement the 2014 Farm Bill and am pleased to see implementation of ARC and PLC move ahead.”

Farmers can access these tools at USDA’s website – www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc

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U.S. House of Representatives passes H.R. 5078

September 10, 2014- Washington, DC — The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, by a vote of 262-152. This legislation prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and enforcing a proposed rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, or using the rule as a basis for future administrative actions. It is the authority of Congress, not the administration, to change the scope of the Clean Water Act.

 

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