Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Farm Bill - #3985 - Deal Reached on Farm Bill Amendments - The Hill (2) Farm Bill Harvesting Taxpayer Dollars Since 1933 - Heritage Foundation (3) Farm Bill Debate Continues in Senate - Pork Network (4) Text of Senate Bill S3239 incorporated Into Amendment 2252 of The Farm Bill

PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS, IN VIRGINIA, Jim Webb - 202-224-4024, Mark Warner- 202-224-2023, on this Bill and Amendment 2252 -     
Top Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a deal Monday on which amendments to consider for a farm bill currently before the Senate. "This is not a great agreement, but it's a good agreement," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).......Under the agreement, at 2:15 on Tuesday the Senate will begin voting on 73 amendments, some of them unrelated to the bill. One amendment, for instance, sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) would cut off federal funding for presidential party conventions. Another, by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) restores some funding to the federal food stamp program that the farm bill takes out. An amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) requires the Department of Defense to release a report on the impact of $500 billion worth of funding cuts. Another amendment by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) allows the Secretary of Agriculture to issue grants to promote the maple syrup industry. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has an amendment in the agreed-to 73 amendments which stops anyone making over $250,000 of adjusted gross income from receiving any kind of payment from the farm bill.  Read more..........  AW: Amendment #2252 - Incorporates Diane Feinstein's SB3239 - Egg Products Inspection Act into this Amendment, which may be voted on tomorrow.  This Amendment sets a dangerous precedent allowing the Government to regulate on-farm practices, specifically stating how many inches of space of housing for each hen.  The Human Society's ultimate goal is to remove small farm agriculture for animals.  When this was done in England, eggs prices skyrocketed as the availability of eggs was reduced.  Senate Contact List.........


Farm Bill Harvesting Taxpayer Dollars Since 1933 - Heritage Foundation - Many provisions of the current farm bill will expire at the end of September. It is estimated to have cost Americans $284 billion over the last five years. Most programs in the farm bill were established during the Depression-era and they have not changed as our agricultural landscape has changed. Through various farm subsidies, the burden of agricultural risk is placed on taxpayers. Heritage Foundation policy expert Diane Katz says “Americans are taking a double hit: Tax revenues are used to subsidize producers, and production limits raise the cost of products.” The number and size of farms has dramatically changed since the depression-era as well: The number of farms has dramatically changed, decreasing from a peak of 6.8 million in 1935 to 2.2 million in 2010. During that same period, however, the amount of land in farms declined by less than 13 percent. Taken together, the two trends reflect fewer, but larger, farms. Indeed, the number of farms with more than 1,000 acres increased by 14 percent between 1982 and 2002. In the same period, farms with 50 to 1,000 acres declined by about 17 percent.  Read more.......

Farm Bill Debate Continues in Senate - Pork Network - The full U.S. Senate this week continues their consideration of the 2012 Farm Bill, officially referred to as the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., are still trying to determine how to handle more than 200 amendments that have been filed....Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012,” S. 3239, which seeks to codify an agreement the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) came to with the United Egg Producers (UEP) to nearly double the size of space allotted to egg-laying hens. The legislation is strongly opposed by NPPC, which said it would set a dangerous precedent for allowing federal bureaucrats to regulate on-farm production practices. Feinstein filed the Egg Bill as an amendment (#2252) to the Senate 2012 Farm Bill. NPPC is asking its members to call their Senators to urge them to oppose the Egg Bill.  Read more.........


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*Text of SB3239 - incorporated into Amendment 2252 of the Farm Bill......

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