OSU's Amy Hagerman Sees Lots of Positives in the Updated Federal Farm Safety Net in the 2018 Farm BillWed, 12 Dec 2018 05:10:10 CST
One down- two steps to go in wrapping up the process of turning the 2018 farm bill into the 2018 Farm Law. On Tuesday, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced the Farm Bill conference report passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 87-13 vote.
“We are thrilled to report the U.S. Senate has acted to give certainty and predictability to rural America,” said Roberts and Stabenow. “The U.S. Senate has already delivered a historic vote for the Senate Farm Bill. Now, we are even happier to report a 87-13 vote on the conference report. This is the mark of a good bill. We urge our colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass this conference report quickly.”
Analysts like OSU Extension Ag and Food Policy Specialist Dr. Amy Hagerman are in the process of sorting out the details of how the new farm law will impact farmers and ranchers. Dr. Hagerman talked with Dave Deken of the SUNUP crew on Tuesday and says there are some really good things in the new legislation that will be helpful to Oklahoma farmers in enhancing the Federal Farm Safety Net.
One of the most useful parts of the measure is the opportunity to drop bad yield years that occured because of drought if a farmer is in a county that has had an extended time of drought. In addition, there will be an extra dose of flexibility in being able to go from ARC to PLC or vice versa. Hagerman adds that Congress listened to farmers and the groups that represent them as they heard "do no harm" to Crop Insurance and that is exactly what happened in the new bill- Crop Insurance has been left pretty much the same as it was in the 2014 Farm Law.
You can hear their full conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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