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Farm Bill Update

There is talk that the Farm Bill will be written before the Super Committee's recommendations as a strategy to keep control of the budget with the Agriculture Committee. As a result, several bills are being introduced in the House and Senate that could become part of the larger Farm Bill.

Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine) plans to introduce "The Local Farm, Food, and Jobs Act" that includes provisions to significantly change the nation's food policy. The bill would expand opportunities for local and regional farmers and make it easier for consumers to have access to healthy foods. The bill is described as a package of reforms and new programs that will encourage production of local food, not only by helping local farmers become more productive, but also by helping consumers buy locally through improved distribution systems.

"The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011" is authored by Reps. Tim Walz (Minn.) and Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (Iowa). The bill was introduced in the House this week and is expected to be introduced in the Senate next week. The legislation includes support for beginning farmer and rancher training programs, beginning farmer lending and savings provisions, and conservation incentives for new farmers and ranchers. It also includes continued support for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Representative Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) issued a report titled "Growing Opportunities: Family Farm Values for Reforming the Farm Bill" to support small and medium farmers and ranchers.

Reductions of $23 billion remain the goal. Agriculture Committee leaders are using $15 billion from the commodity title, $6 billion from conservation programs and $4 billion from nutrition as a possible breakdown. However, these numbers have not been confirmed by the Super Committee.

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