Senate Farm Bill – A Mixed Bag of Wins and Losses

In a press release issued on December 14th, the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition called the farm bill adopted by the Senate earlier this month a “mixed bag of wins and losses for family farmers, consumers, and the environment.”

“We applaud the Senate’s decision to advance working lands conservation, especially the Conservation Stewardship Program, as well as important competition provisions that will restore balance and fairness to livestock markets,” said SAC Policy Director Ferd Hoefner.

“At the same time, the Senate’s failure to pass the Dorgan-Grassley payment limit amendment repudiates the large majority of farmers who support reform and the largest bi-partisan nationwide movement for farm program reform ever mounted. Most importantly, it means uncapped commodity payments will continue to flow to mega farms and push rural communities, family farmers, and the next generation of producers off of the map.”

Read the rest of the release here.

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