Monday, August 7, 2017

2018 Farm Bill

WOODS NOTE: If you like the County Extension information you need to mention Extension education as part of the farm bill including 4-H. If you use GMO cotton, or most any herbicide and insecticides you have benefited from work done by Agriculture Experiment Stations. You may not realize all that Extension and Experiment stations do. Good Morning, Congress is working on the next farm bill and Congresswoman Lujan Grisham is asking for producers input. Please circulate the attached worksheet to producers and return them to Elizabeth Reitzel at Elizabeth.Reitzel@mail.house.gov or by mail 400 Gold Ave. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. 2017 Farm Bill Listening Sessions 1) What programs would you like to continue to see in the 2018 Farm Bill? Why? Do you have any suggestions for improvement? 2) What programs would you like to see removed from the Farm Bill? Why? 3) What would you like to see added to the Farm Bill? 4) Do you currently participate in any farm bill programs? If so which ones? Which of the following farm bill titles are important to you and why? Please check all that apply, note the names of important programs under each topic area and explain why the programs are important to you.  Crop Commodity Programs (Title I and Title XI include - Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX))  Dairy & Livestock (Title I and Title XII include - Margin Protection Program (MPP), Dairy Product Donation Program (DPDP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), and Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements)  Conservation (Titles II and XI include - Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP),and Crop Production on Native Sod (“sodsaver”))  Nutrition (Title IV includes - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Community Food Projects Grant Program, Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program, Geographic Preference: School Food Procurement, Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program, Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Technology for Direct Marketing)  Rural Development (Title VI includes - Value-Added Agricultural Product Market Development Grants, Access to rural broadband telecommunication services, Integration of information technologies (Internet), Rural Energy Savings Program, and Rural Business Development Grants, Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program)  Research, Extension, and Related Matters (Title VII includes - Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Forestry Products Advanced Utilization Research Initiative, and Agricultural and food law research)  Energy (Title IX includes - Agricultural and food law research, Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Assistance Program, Biobased Markets Program, and Biobased Markets Program)

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