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FARM BILL NEGOTIATORS FAIL TO REACH DEAL

With the chances of a farm bill being passed by Sunday slim to none, Senator Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee, said that committee members are committed to working through October to reach an agreement by the end of the year. (Agri-Pulse)

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SENATE TO FINISH FARM BILL IN JUNE

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar Tuesday said that the U.S. Senate expects to finish its version of the farm bill sometime in June. Klobuchar, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, said the bill is expected to have support from both parties, unlike the House version. (Reuters)

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SUGAR PROGRAM A POISON PILL

Despite a vote scheduled for Friday, House GOP leaders are still struggling to find support for the 2018 farm bill due in part to the price-support program for sugar. Conservative House members are uneasy over the structure of the bill’s subsidies and guaranteed loans for the crop, saying it amounts to too much government intervention…. read more

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TAX CUTS NOW, NO FARM SUPPORTS LATER

Farm groups are keeping an eye on the impending tax code overhaul, hoping that tax cuts now won’t equal less money for farm programs later in the 2018 farm bill. Independent analyses of the GOP tax plan show it could boost the federal budget deficit by as much as $1.5 trillion over 10 years, making… read more

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CROP INSURANCE HIGHLIGHTS AFBF FARM BILL PRIORITIES

The AFBF’s priorities for the next federal farm bill are in place, and IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. said crop insurance, high on IFB’s wish list, remains prominent among AFBF’s priorities. “We need to keep the funding level where it is; that’s really important,” he said. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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FARMERS TOUT CROP INSURANCE

Farmers in Rep. Rodney Davis’ district spent Monday morning talking with Davis about the benefits of crop insurance at one of his farm bill listening sessions. Farmers stressed the importance of crop insurance, especially as the farm economy continues to dip. “The crop insurance is fundamentally important for risk management,” said Jared Hooker, District 10… read more

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IFB BOARD APPROVES #FarmBill PRIORITIES

Illinois Farm Bureau’s board of directors this week unanimously endorsed priorities for the next farm bill that aim to protect crop insurance and make user-friendly changes to commodity and conservation programs, among other recommendations. “More than 400 Illinois Farm Bureau members had a hand in developing our farm bill priorities,” said Adam Nielsen, IFB’s director… read more

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CONSERVATION COMPLIANCE

USDA reported late last week that nearly all producers — 98.2% — met a 2014 Farm Bill requirement to certify that that they comply with conservation rules in order to qualify for crop insurance premium subsidies in the 2016 crop year.

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ARC/PLC SIGNUP

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins this Wednesday (June 17), and will end Sept. 30, 2015.  Check out details on FarmWeekNow.com.

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CRP UPDATE

USDA announced Friday the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will be allowed to grow by 800,000 acres to include sensitive wetlands that help improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.

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