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Ag Guest Worker Act Inserted into House Immigration Bill – DTN

Ag Guest Worker Act Inserted into House Immigration Bill – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Jan 16, 2018

An overhaul of agricultural guest-worker programs is a major component of a House plan to fix the immigration status of young people involved in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) that is entangled in the latest immigration battle

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Farm Bill: Cotton and Dairy Provisions May Become One

Farm Bill: Cotton and Dairy Provisions May Become One

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Jan 11, 2018

Farm Bill: Disaster Assistance Amid Crowded Agenda An update posted on Tuesday at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) blog indicated that, “Less than two weeks into the new year, and Congress already has an incredibly full plate. Both the

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Farm Bill: Sen. Grassley Targets Commodity Payments to Big Farms – DTN

Farm Bill: Sen. Grassley Targets Commodity Payments to Big Farms – DTN

👤By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Dec 6, 2017

A new USDA report shows larger farms with higher household incomes have increasingly seen more in federal commodity payments as farms in the United States have consolidated. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told agriculture journalists on Tuesday he plans to use

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Farm Bill: Tax Legislation and the Specter of Sequestration

Farm Bill: Tax Legislation and the Specter of Sequestration

👤By Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, and Nick Paulson, University of Illinois Ag Economists; and Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University Ag Economist 🕔Nov 24, 2017

A recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised concerns about the potential impact the Congressional tax bills could have on farm programs and the farm bill. In short, the concern raised is that if the tax bills

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Crop Insurance: Two Senators Target Cuts to Save $21.1Bln – DTN

Crop Insurance: Two Senators Target Cuts to Save $21.1Bln – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 13, 2017

Corn and soybean farmers saw no benefit this fall from adding the harvest price option to their crop insurance plan, but that wasn’t enough to stop a pair of senators and a congressman from introducing legislation that would end the

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Tax Reform: New Bill Offers Ag Incentives, but Is It All Good?

Tax Reform: New Bill Offers Ag Incentives, but Is It All Good?

👤By Lydia Holmes, USA Rice 🕔Nov 7, 2017

Last Thursday Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced a huge tax reform bill he says will simplify the tax code, lower individual rates, and create jobs.  The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” includes

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Trump Tax Reform Plan Gets Mixed Response from Farm Groups – DTN

Trump Tax Reform Plan Gets Mixed Response from Farm Groups – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 3, 2017

House Republicans released a long-awaited tax-reform and tax-cutting plan that lowers tax rates for corporations and families, but forces both businesses and families to give up or reduce some favorite long-standing tax breaks. “This is a complete redesign of the

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Farm Bill: 1996 Changes Made Farmers More Dependent on Govt. Programs – Commentary

Farm Bill: 1996 Changes Made Farmers More Dependent on Govt. Programs – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Nov 2, 2017

In looking toward a farm bill based on a supply management program, today’s column examines planting flexibility, the role of crop insurance, World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance, and the problems that accrue with the failure to regularly adjust crop loan

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Farm Bill: “Technical Adjustments,” and “Tweaks”

Farm Bill: “Technical Adjustments,” and “Tweaks”

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 31, 2017

Jacqui Fatka reported on Friday at Farm Futures Online that, “House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said [on October 25th] that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has sped up its analysis of farm bill provisions that the committee is

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Farming and Politics: Race for Tax Reform Begins – DTN

Farming and Politics: Race for Tax Reform Begins – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Oct 30, 2017

The starting gun for a flat-out sprint to pass a tax-reform bill was fired Thursday when Congress passed a fiscal-year 2018 budget resolution. The White House on Friday sent out an array of bullet points touting the need for tax

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