• Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Farm Bill

    Jun 14, 2018
    The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held the markup for its version of the Farm Bill, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042), yesterday. After just three hours of discussion, the committee passed the bill by a roll call vote of 20-1, with only Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) voting nay.
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  • House Farm Bill Fails

    May 18, 2018
    Despite a committed effort by USA Rice Federation members to urge members of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R 2, the 2018 Farm Bill, the measure was rejected by House lawmakers today by a vote of 198 to 213.
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  • Ag Eyes Turn to House Floor as Farm Bill Moves This Week

    May 14, 2018
    House Republican Leadership is expected to bring their version of 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2, to the House floor this week for debate and a vote, but the bill’s fate will first be determined by the House Rules Committee.
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  • Brown-Thune Introduce Bill to Boost ARC by Slashing PLC

    May 01, 2018
    Last week, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced marker legislation intended to influence the direction of the Senate Farm Bill, and the rice industry is concerned that the Senators appear to be using a program that works well for rice to pay for their new approach.
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  • Support for Farm Bill Splits Along Party Lines

    Apr 19, 2018
    The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture convened yesterday to consider H.R. 2, The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The mark-up process for the proposed version of the 2018 Farm Bill lasted nearly five hours, with the Committee approving 20 amendments. Of those amendments, 18 are simply meant to clarify the intent of the original bill language and were approved by a single vote, while the remaining two, that do not affect rice, were considered and adopted by the panel individually.
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  • Farm Bill Delayed

    Mar 14, 2018
    Farm Bill language was expected to be released as early as today, but now House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) has announced he is delaying work on his committee’s bill until April at the earliest.
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  • USDA Releases Farm Bill & Legislative Principles

    Jan 24, 2018
    Today, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill & Legislative Principles for Congress to consider as they craft the Farm Bill and other legislation impacting rural America. The principles cover a wide array of USDA’s mission areas, including farm production and conservation, trade and foreign agricultural affairs, marketing and regulatory programs, food safety and inspection services, and rural development.
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  • Amid Talk of Trade and Next Farm Bill, Trump Attends Farm Bureau Conference to Give Ag a Boost

    Jan 09, 2018
    During the recent American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention here, President Zippy Duvall convened a special meeting for a select group of nationally recognized commodity and farm organizations to facilitate dialogue around the wide array of farm bill priorities and to identify common ground among the diverse group. USA Rice was among the exclusive list of participants, along with executives from every major commodity organization, presidents of state farm bureau chapters, and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), as well as staff from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s office.
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  • Will Anything Ever Satisfy Farm Critics? No

    Oct 05, 2017
    For decades, agriculture’s adversaries have said “no” to almost any policy that helped farmers.
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  • Farm Policy Critics Gather

    Oct 05, 2017
    Groups from both sides of the political aisle met yesterday to discuss how they can collectively attack the next Farm Bill when it is introduced.
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