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Farm groups step up support of new farm bill

Farm groups step up support of new farm bill
The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined 15 other agriculture organizations urging House and Senate agriculture leaders to complete the federal farm bill by the end of the year.



Conservation initiatives will continue with new farm bill

Conservation initiatives will continue with new farm bill
Farm bills provide crop insurance and nutritional assistance, but they also play a vital role in helping farmers conserve natural resources.



Farmers watching farm bill progress intently

Farmers watching farm bill progress intently
The nation’s top farm legislation is up for renewal this year. But delays in producing the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, in addition to four years of declining crop prices, have many farmers concerned.



Keep hope alive: farmers optimistic about farm bill

Keep hope alive: farmers optimistic about farm bill
Farmers are disappointed in the House’s defeat of the 2018 Farm Bill, but are optimistic that there will be a farm bill before the end of the year.



2018 Farm Bill advances with Senate vote

2018 Farm Bill advances with Senate vote
The newest federal farm bill is closer to becoming reality following a bipartisan vote on June 28 that approved the Senate version.



Consumers, farmers stand to benefit from 2018 Farm Bill

Consumers, farmers stand to benefit from 2018 Farm Bill
Progress on the upcoming farm bill is critical to both farmers and food assistance program participants.



Farmers, forest landowners can apply for environmental quality incentives

Farmers, forest landowners can apply for environmental quality incentives
Virginia farmers and forest landowners can apply for assistance to protect the health and productivity of their land under the federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program.



Americans agree across party lines when rating sustainability of farms

Americans agree across party lines when rating sustainability of farms
Some common ground: Democrats and Republicans agree that agriculture is a sustainable industry, and both believe sustainability incentives should be used instead of government regulation of farms.



Virginia dairy producers discuss improvements to farm bill safety net

Virginia dairy producers discuss improvements to farm bill safety net
The American Farm Bureau Federation is working to ensure a better safety net for farmers, and asked Virginia dairy producers for their input.



Number of dairy farmers using safety net program declines

Number of dairy farmers using safety net program declines
The number of dairy farmers using the 2014 Farm Bill’s Dairy Margin Protection Program is the lowest it’s been since the program was introduced, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.



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