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Farm Bill

Issue Background

A Sound Farm Program Benefitting All Americans

A thriving agricultural economy benefits all Americans, and depends on a sound farm bill. The farm bill helps farmers and ranchers deal with the risks that threaten their ability to produce the food, fiber and fuel we all need.

As Congress begin to debate the 2013 farm bill against a backdrop of decreasing government funding, the American Farm Bureau Federation places a high priority on ensuring the farm bill benefits all agricultural commodity sectors in a balanced, coordinated manner.  We will seek balance among all producers’ interests.

AFBF policy supports strengthening crop insurance and offering farmers a choice of program options to complete their “safety net.” In addition, AFBF supports providing programs that encourage farmers to follow market signals rather than make planting decisions based on government payments.

A sound, thriving agriculture economy benefits all Americans: from the boots-in-the-dirt producers to the urban consumer. A budget-responsible farm bill is a key component in the toolbox that ensures farmers and ranchers can address the risks that threaten their ability to produce the food, feed, fiber and increasingly, the fuel that feeds the nation and many around the world.  It also provides substantial benefits through nutrition assistance to our fellow citizens whose personal income has been severely impacted by the turmoil in our national economy.

Farm Bureau is Fighting For:
  • A strong safety net that covers deep, catastrophic losses that producers can tailor to their farms;
  • Programs that ensure farmers can respond to market signals;
  • The protection and improvement of working lands conservation programs;
  • A cost effective farm bill that makes the necessary budget cuts without saddling farmers and ranchers an unfair share burden.

Issue News

Meeting the Food Challenges of Tomorrow Through the Legacy of Borlaug | Commentary Mar 25, 2014 - Roll Call When leaders of the House and Senate gather in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to dedicate a statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, they will honor an American whose innovative agricultural research is credited with saving more than a billion people from starvation.
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