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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Nov 19, 2007
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 industry. 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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Nov 12, 2007
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

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