Congress should not pass cap-and-trade legislation mandating reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, but should instead promote a market-based incentive program to address climate change, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said last Tuesday.
JBS Swift is continuing talks with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on potentially divesting assets to complete its purchase of National Beef Co., and talks remain stuck on some of the major points laid out by DOJ in its anti-trust case, JBS executives said late last month.
Commodity farmers get the lion’s share of focus in the farm bill, but
there are several provisions in the Senate farm bill that could affect
the way livestock producers do business.
Senate debate is stalled over how to accept amendments, but several
senators are expected to offer proposals on the Senate floor as early as
next week to tighten buyer-seller arrangements in the complex livestock
The Senate farm bill includes a ban on packer ownership of livestock
longer than 14 days before slaughter. But the Senate bill also has a
provision that would allow private companies to forward contract
Beginning and young farmers and ranchers are going to have better
options for tapping into USDA programs stemming from the 2007 Farm Bill.
The House and Senate farm bills reflect that Congress is working to help
younger producers get better access to capital and land. It’s a contrast
to the past when lawmakers would talk about the needs, but never follow
through with better benefits for younger, beginning producers.
“Both bills represent the most attention beginning farmers have gotten
in the farm bill,” said Ferd Hoefner, policy director for the
Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. “As far as the farm bill, this is