Farm Bill 2012 and the Super Committee Process

It really does look like they’re trying to write the 2012 Farm Bill in the next week or so through the Super Committee Process, though it seems like the Agriculture Committees are having a difficult time finding common ground. If the Ag Committees can’t get it together, the chances that the Super Committee can seem remote, which may mean we’re headed for ‘sequestration’ (across the board cuts). At least there, we will have the potential for input on what is cut and what is not.  The following is from the National Farmers Union, via ‘Ohio Farmer’:

House Ag Chair Admits Pulling Farm Bill Together a Tall Order: Nov. 1 is the date the leaders of the Agriculture Committees have circled to get a detailed list of 2012 Farm Policy suggestions to the deficit reduction Super Committee. Senate Agriculture Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; and House Agriculture Chair Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., are working to come up with $23 billion in savings from ag programs to contribute to the $1.2 trillion the Super Committee is tasked with finding. “We’ve been in discussions about how you would turn that into real policy,” Lucas said.  Read more…

Check out these former posts for more information on this subject (http://www.beginningfarmers.org/farm-bill-to-be-written-in-two-weeks-with-huge-cuts-act-now/, http://www.beginningfarmers.org/joint-agriculture-committee-letter-on-farm-bill-spending/, http://www.beginningfarmers.org/farm-bill-priorities-and-the-super-committee-vilsack-speech/, and feel free to leave a comment (click the comment link above) or contact me at beginningfarmers@gmail.com if you have questions or input on this issue…

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  1. We need public input and discussion.

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