Saturday, June 16, 2018

Senate Agriculture Committee passes farm bill with additional wins for young farmers

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) celebrated additional policy wins on June 13, as the Senate Agriculture Committee completed its mark up of the 2018 Farm Bill with a unanimous vote. Before sending the bill to the floor for consideration by the full Senate, the Committee adopted amendments to add additional proposals for young and beginning farmers and ranchers.
• Amendment offered by Senators Casey (D-PA) and Ernst (R-IA) to increase funding set-asides for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers in working lands conservation programs.
 • Amendment offered by Senator Leahy (D-VT) to strengthen farmland conservation easements that keep farmers on the land.
 • Amendment offered by Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) to improve the Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP) to facilitate the transfer of farmland between retiring landowners and beginning, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers.
 • Amendment offered by Senator Bennet (D-CO) to create a “micro-EQIP” pilot program to improve access to EQIP for young and small-scale farmers and ranchers...MORE

If you are a socially disadvantaged beginning farmer you should make out like a bandit.

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