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ASWM is keeping an eye on the development of the 2012 Farm Bill. On this page you can find updates on the Farm Bill as well as agricultural news in the context of wetlands and related issues. For Farm Bill 2012 resources on the web, click here.



Farm Bureau Seeks Ruling on Farmyard Stormwater
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 11:19

Wisconsin Ag Connection – July 2, 2013

The American Farm Bureau Federation asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to determine that livestock and poultry farmers do not need Clean Water Act discharge permits for ordinary stormwater runoff from their farmyards. The joint motion, filed by AFBF, West Virginia Farm Bureau and West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt, would garner a big win for farmers nationwide if the court rules in their favor. For full story, click here.

 
Food Stamps Spells Doom for the Farm Bill in the House
Friday, 21 June 2013 14:55

By Jerry Hagstrom National Journal – June 20, 2013

Until only a few minutes before the vote on final passage of the farm bill Thursday, it looked like the carefully crafted, bipartisan measure would make it through the House. Then, shortly after the House voted 227-198 for an amendment sponsored by Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., to give states the option of imposing work requirements on recipients of food stamps, a kind of sick buzz filled the chamber and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., moved to the front of the room to speak. For full story, click here

 
Potent Carbon-Storage Potential of Man-Made Wetlands
Friday, 21 June 2013 14:51

Newswise – June 20, 2013

After being drained by the millions of acres to make way for agriculture, wetlands are staging a small comeback these days on farms. Some farmers restore or construct wetlands alongside their fields to trap nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, and research shows these systems can also retain pesticides, antibiotics, and other agricultural pollutants. Important as these storage functions of wetlands are, however, another critical one is being overlooked, says Bill Mitsch, director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park at Florida Gulf Coast University and an emeritus professor at Ohio State University: Wetlands also excel at pulling carbon dioxide out of the air and holding it long-term in soil. For full story, click here.

 
Ag committee farm bill comparisons
Monday, 20 May 2013 19:55

By Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh – Agri Pulse Opinion – May 2013

Well Professor, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed their Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act on May 14th by a vote of 15 in favor to 5 opposed.  Not to be left behind, the House Committee on Agriculture followed suit on the following day by passing their Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) of 2013 by a vote of 36 in favor to 10 opposed. For full opinion, click here

 
Big Ag Agrees to Conserve Cropland, But At What Cost?
Monday, 13 May 2013 15:44

By Allison Aubrey – NPR Blog – May 9, 2013

Taxpayers help subsidize crop insurance premiums for farmers to the tune of about $9 billion dollars, a figure that's growing each year. These policies protect farmers from major losses, and help support their income even if there's no loss of crops. And in return? Well, environmentalists argue that farmers who receive this financial support should be required to be good stewards of the land. In fact, for years, conservation groups have fought to attach some strings to these subsidies to require farmers to take steps aimed at protecting soil and wetlands. For full blog post, click here.

 
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