Grossi Headlines Session on Farm Bill
American Farmland Trust (AFT) President Ralph Grossi
joined such notables as Sec. of Agriculture Mike Johanns, Sen. Charles
Grassley (R-IA), and Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Tim Holden (D-PA)
in addressing the Focus on Farm Policy Conference in Iowa last week.
Grossi and senior AFT staff also addressed the 2006 North American Grain
Congress meeting in Texas and an AFT farm policy forum in Kansas City.
From Iowa, Grossi joined AFT?s first national policy forum held in
conjunction with Stanford and Yale Universities, where over 60
participants responded to domestic and global issues influencing U.S. farm
Assessing the Future of Animal
As animal agriculture undergoes fundamental change,
Farm Foundation is leading a project to comprehensively
assess the future of North American animal agriculture. Working with AFT
and other key stakeholders, Farm Foundation is examining industry
challenges and exploring economic, structural and policy alternatives
facing the industry. The final project report will be released at a
conference in Washington D.C. in April 2006.
Budget Proposal Confirms Changes to Farm
Policy Are Inevitable
The administration recently released a
$125.6 billion budget proposal for the USDA during FY 07, a $7.3
billion decrease from FY 06 levels. The proposal contains a number of
policy changes to commodity programs and reduces funding for a number of
critical conservation programs. In a statement released by American Farmland Trust, President
Ralph Grossi noted that the president?s budget confirms what farmers,
ranchers and observers have long known: ?Significant changes to American
farm policy are inevitable.? However, Grossi emphasized that changes to
commodity programs should be part of a larger farm policy discussion and
not simply be budget cutting measures.
Crop Insurance Participation
Is Highest Among Field Crops and Cotton Farms
*Includes tree nuts, berries, potatoes and melons.
**Includes nursery, greenhouse and floriculture.
Agricultural Resource Management Survey, 2002.
Prospering in Rural America Will Take a
Response to Change
?Prospering in Rural America? was the theme
Agricultural Outlook Forum held last week. Representative Cal Dooley, now head of the Food Products
Association, quoted Charles Darwin in saying, ?It is not the strongest or
the most intelligent of species that survive, but the ones most responsive
to change.? Dooley challenged the audience and Congressional leaders to
design a new farm policy, following the lead of Australia and New Zealand
who unilaterally reformed their policies and prospered economically as a
result. See forum speeches and presentations here.
World Economic Forum a Model for
The World Economic Forum
(WEF) is an independent
international organization that works to improve the state of the world by
engaging leaders from 1,000 leading companies in partnerships to shape
global, regional and industry agendas. At their recent meeting in Davos,
Switzerland, participants agreed to new projects in disaster relief,
hunger, anti-corruption, financing for development and public-private
partnerships. ?Profits and power may drive companies. But those at the WEF
agreed, community keeps the best organizations humming,? says this Business Week
Farm Policy in the
For Many Families, Farming Faces an Uncertain
Future: A cornerstone of AFT?s farm policy project involves
ensuring that the 2007 Farm Bill meets the needs of farming?s next
generation. The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted the pressures
that Central Valley Hmong families in California face as their children
consider whether or not to continue in agriculture.
House Agriculture Committee Holds Series of Farm
Bill Field Hearings: Despite recent concerns on the timing
of new legislation, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte
(R-VA) has said his committee will write a new farm bill in 2007. In
preparation, the committee will hold a number of field hearings in
Washington, DC and around the country. Sign up for email notifications of
committee hearings and view scheduled events here.