Agricultural News

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.

U.S. Farmers Taking Proactive Steps to Reduce Nutrient Runoff into Waterways

Business Wire – November 20, 2013

Runoff of agricultural fertilizers into streams, rivers and watersheds is a major environmental concern, but U.S. farmers are aggressively adopting more environmentally sound crop production methods and technologies that address this problem. One major concern—the agricultural use of phosphorus (P) fertilizers—is getting increased attention from farmers who are taking steps to minimize runoff of this vital plant nutrient. “Farmers take the hit for the phosphorus that runs off into watershed areas, but agriculture is not the only culprit,” says Dale Bartholomew, a certified crop adviser with a key agricultural retailer in Caledonia, N.Y. “Homeowners who over apply lawn fertilizers also contribute to the problem.” For full story, click here.

Conservation is not to be forgotten in the farm bill

By Bill Wenzel – Star Tribune – November 17, 2013

In recent weeks, much attention, both in Washington and on these opinion pages, has been focused on the federal farm bill. A bipartisan conference committee, including three members of the Minnesota congressional delegation — Reps. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson and Sen. Amy Klobuchar — has started to work diligently on finalizing a compromise agreement before the end of the year. With so much focus on the commodity and nutrition portions of the farm bill, we must not lose sight of the opportunity to reinstate meaningful conservation measures in it. For full opinion, click here.

Farm talks open with optimism

By David Rogers – Politico – October 30, 2013

Ending years of painful delays, House-Senate talks began on a new farm bill Wednesday, with renewed promises to finally complete the task by the end of December. “We can do it, we have to do it,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) “There are 16 million men and women whose jobs rely on the strength of agriculture,” echoed his Senate counterpart, Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). “I am confident we won’t let them down. For full story, click here.

Conservation groups send request to farm bill conferees

Agri Pulse – October 29, 2013

More than 270 national, regional, and state-based organizations delivered a letter urging House and Senate farm bill conferees to reattach conservation requirements to federal subsidies for crop insurance, and to include a nationwide Sodsaver provision in the final farm bill conference report.  The letter comes as farm bill conference begins with conferees' opening remarks this Wednesday. For full story, click here.

Ag: Farm bill chugs along with passage of food stamps cut

By Amanda Peterka– EE News – September 20, 2013

The House yesterday voted 217-210, mostly along party lines, to pass a bill that would cut $40 billion from the national food stamp program over the next decade, a move that brings a five-year reauthorization of farm, conservation and energy programs one step closer to final passage. For full story, click here.