Farm Bill 2012 Eyed As Chance To Boost Conservation Of Soil, Bolster Crops
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
American farmers suffered more crop losses in 2011 than in any other year in recorded history. Total insurance payouts have surpassed $9 billion, and claims continue to roll in connected to historic flooding, droughts and other natural disasters.
"Farming is getting riskier than ever," said Julia Olmstead, a senior program associate at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. But "no one is talking about why farming is getting so much riskier, specifically about climate change," she said during a online conference last week.
On Tuesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee on Agriculture will host a debate on how best to protect against future losses for farmers and the environment. With the federal government's primary agricultural and food policy legislation expiring this year, replacement legislation is now being considered: As The Huffington Post reported in December, what ends up in the revised farm bill's final draft has important ramifications for the country's food programs, public health, the environment and the economy.
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