Welcome to American Farmland Trust's U.S. Farm Policy Update. This bi-weekly publication will feature news articles, research papers, policy reports, farmer profiles and other information related to U.S. farm policy. We hope you will use this information to join AFT in its campaign to promote a new farm policy that would strengthen American agriculture and target more of future farm support to conservation incentives.
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Farm Policy in the News
Blair CallS For End to Export Subsidies by 2010; Bush Responds With Vow to End All Subsidies: In an editorial published in Financial Times, Prime Minister Tony Blair called for reform of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy in order to lift the developing world out of poverty. In response, President Bush, at a speech to the United Nations, stated, “The United States is ready to eliminate all tariffs, subsidies and other barriers to free flow of goods and services as other nations do the same,” according to Reuters.
Farmers Say Subsidies Hurt Smaller Farms, Communities: An article in the Grand Island (Nebraska) Independent features farmers who fault the subsidy system for the low price of commodities and the disintegration of rural life. The Des Moines Register reports on a study by the Iowa Farm Bureau that finds that cutting all subsidies for corn would raise corn prices and boost farm income.
Fruit and Vegetable Farmers Want Increased Assistance: An article in the Capital Press Agriculture Weekly says specialty crop producers want greater government assistance to enable them to compete with imports from Australia and China and help Americans meet the nutrition advice advocated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Johanns Creates New Environmental Stewardship Council: In a speech emphasizing the importance of conservation posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Web site, Agriculture Secretary Johanns announced the creation of a “Market-Based Environmental Stewardship Coordination Council” that will “…help to ensure that we produce a sound market-based approach to ecosystem services.”
USDA Farm Bill Listening Sessions Added: Attend one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s farm bill listening sessions and tell Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns what you would like to see in the 2007 farm bill. New sessions have been added in many states.
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