Legislation in the 112th Congress

January 02, 2013

Extension of the 2008 Farm Bill Included in ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

Both the House and the Senate passed a ‘fiscal cliff’ deal that included an extension of the 2008 farm bill. The bill (H.R. 8) included a nine-month extension of the expiring farm subsidy program by extending the 2008 farm law. The extension can be found in Title 7 on page 13.

To view the bill, click here.

 

September 21, 2012

House: Bill to Amend the Immigration and Nationality Act

On September 11, 2012, Representative Christopher P. Gibson (R-NY) introduced H.R. 6373, the Family Farm Relief Act of 2012. The bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to simplify the petitioning procedure for H-2A workers, in order to expand the scope of the H-2A program. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

To view the bill, click here.

Federal Produce Policy Manual subscribers please refer to: Chapter 11, Federal Labor Programs, §11.01 H-2A Reform and Agricultural Worker Adjustment Act of 2001 page 11-2.

For the FPP Manual Table of Contents and Index federal labor programs items, click here and here.

Senate: Bill to Deter the Evasion of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders

On September 10, 2012, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced S. 3524, the Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs Evasion Act of 2012. The bill is to deter the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders.

To view the bill, click here.

Federal Produce Policy Manual subscribers please refer to: Chapter 6, Trade Remedy Laws, §6.07 Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations - Overview page 6-12.

For the FPP Manual Table of Contents and Index trade remedy laws items, click here and here.

 

August 03, 2012

House: Bill to Amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA12) introduced H.R. 6270 on Wednesday, August 1. The bill would amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to require annual disclosure of crop insurance premium subsidies. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture.

Federal Produce Policy Manual subscribers please refer to Chapter 10, §10.05, Federal Financial Aid, for more information.

House: Bill to Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986

Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO3) introduced H.R. 6271 on Wednesday, August 1. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude certain farmland and family-owned business interests from the value of the gross estate of decedents. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

August 01, 2012

House: Bill to Provide a One-Year Extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, Mr. Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) introduced H.R. 6228. This bill would provide a one-year extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 with exceptions to make supplemental disaster assistance available for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

 

July 24, 2012

House: Bill to Prohibit the Secretary of Labor from Finalizing a Proposed Rule relating to Child Labor

On March 07, 2012, Representative Tom Latham (R-IA) introduced H.R. 4157.  The bill is aimed at prohibiting the Secretary of Labor from finalizing a proposed rule (issued September 02, 2011) under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that relates to child labor and agriculture farming operations.  The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce which maintains jurisdiction.

This bill will come to the House floor on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

For more information, see the FPP coverage on the proposed rule that was a part of our Federal Register update on September 02, 2011, and FPP feature article entitled “Proposed Child-Labor Laws Catch the Ire of U.S. Farmers” on December 05, 2011.

To view the bill, click here.

 

July 20, 2012

Senate: Bill to Amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to Extend Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs

On Thursday, July 19, 2012, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced S. 3395. The bill would amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to extend certain supplemental agricultural disaster assistance programs. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

To view the text of the legislation, click here.

 

June 29, 2012

Senate: Bill to Require Reports on US Trading Partners

On Wednesday, June 28, 2012, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced S. 3347. The bill will require reports on countries that the US negotiates trade agreements with, in order to establish future trade agreements, enhance promotion of US exports, and other purposes.

To view the report, click here.

 

June 28, 2012

House: Bill to Amend Federal Crop Insurance Act

On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) introduced H.R. 6022.  The bill is aimed at amending the Federal Crop Insurance Act to expand coverage to include losses to an insured commodity when, as a result of a federally-imposed quarantine, the commodity must be destroyed, and for other purposes.  The bill was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

To view the bill, click here.

 

June 25, 2012

Taxation of Farm Rental Income

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) introduced H.R. 5990.  The bill, which has three co-sponsors, would exclude certain farm rental income from net earnings from self-employment if the taxpayer enters into a lease agreement relating to such income.  The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

To view the report, click here.

 

June 21, 2012

U.S. House - Amending the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced H.R. 5962, with two co-sponsors.  The bill is aimed at amending the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (“Act") to require recordkeeping, and to authorize investigations and enforcement actions for violations of the Act.  The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

To view the bill, click here.

Federal Produce Policy Manual Subscribers, see Chapter 13 Organic Farming, Intro, Section 13.01 National Organic Program, and Section, and Section 13.01.03 Court Case: Harvey v. Johnson

 

May 31, 2012

S.3240 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 Introduced

On May 24, 2012, S.3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (“2012 Farm Bill”) was introduced in the United States Senate.  The bill, which had no co-sponsors, has now been placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.

To view text of the legislation, click here.

 

April 20, 2012

S. 2261 - Revenue Loss Assistance and Crop Insurance Enhancement Act of 2012

Establishes a revenue loss assistance program, repeals the direct payment and ACRE programs, and extends commodity programs through 2017.

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S. 2274 - A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a nonprofit corporation to be known as the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

S .2274 was introduced on March 29, 2012, by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS).

To view the legislation, click here.

H.R. 4313 - Farm Service Accountability Act

Amends the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to require an evaluation of county workload assessments for purposes of the closure or relocation of a county office for the Farm Service Agency.

To view the legislation, click here.

H.R. 4318 - To prohibit the use, production, sale, importation, or exportation of any pesticide containing atrazine

To view the legislation, click here.

 

March 23, 2012

Bill to Block Rule Relating to Child Labor

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Senator John Thune (R-SD) introduced S.2221.  The bill, which has 38 co-sponsors, would prevent the Department of Labor from adopting a final rule relating to child labor (under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938).  The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions which has jurisdiction.

To view the legislation, click here.

 

March 22, 2012

House of Representatives FY13 Budget

Yesterday, following the release of Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget for FY13, the Budget Committee began considering  the Ryan “Chairman’s Mark.”

To view the Chairman’s Mark draft, click here.

Amending the Export Apple Act

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced S. 2208.  The bill would amend the Export Apple Act to permit the export of apples to Canada in bulk bins without certification by the Department of Agriculture. 

To view the bill, click here.

 

March 08, 2012

Prohibiting the Secretary of Labor From Finalizing Rule Relating to Child Labor on Farms

On March 7, 2012, Representative Tom Latham (R-IA) introduced H.R. 4157.  The bill is aimed at prohibiting the Secretary of Labor from finalizing a proposed rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that relates to child labor and agriculture farming operations.  The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce which maintains jurisdiction. 

For more information, see the FPP coverage on the proposed rule that was a part of our Federal Register update on September 2, 2011, and FPP feature article entitled “Proposed Child-Labor Laws Catch the Ire of U.S. Farmers” on December 5, 2011.

To view the bill, click here.

 

March 07, 2012

U.S. Senate Bill on Non-Market Economies

On Monday, March 5, 2012, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced S. 2153 and the bill was passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.  The bill applies countervailing duty measures to non-market economies, such as China, which continue to pursue unfair trade practices. 

To view the bill, click here.

 

March 02, 2012

Applying Countervailing Duty Measures to Tariff Act of 1930

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced H.R. 4105.  The bill, which has 101 co-sponsors, is aimed at applying countervailing duty measures to non-market economies, such as China, which continue to pursue unfair trade practices.  The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction.

To view the bill, click here.

 

February 15, 2012

Repeal of the USDA Conservation Stewardship Program

On Monday, February 13, 2012, Congressman Tim Scott, (R-SC) introduced H.R. 4015, a bill to repeal the conservation stewardship program of the Department of Agriculture.

To view the bill, click here.

 

February 07, 2012

Export Apple Act H.R. 3914

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Representative William Owens (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3914, which is a bill to amend the Export Apple Act.  The bill, which has no co-sponsors, has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, which has jurisdiction over the bill.

To view the bill, click here.

 

February 02, 2012

FRAME Act of 2012

On Thursday, February 2, 2012, Representative Eric Crawford (R-AK) introduced H.R. 3885, which is a bill aimed at amending the Internal Revenue Tax Code of 1986 to authorize agricultural producers to establish and contribute to tax-exempt farm risk management accounts.
The bill, which has only one co-sponsor, has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over the tax code.

To view the bill, please click here.

December 20, 2011

Farmers Disaster Assistance Act of 2011

On Tuesday, December 20, 2011, Representative G.K. Butterfiled (R-NC) introduced H.R. 3740, which is a bill to provide supplemental emergency disaster assistance to agricultural producers for certain crop losses during the 2011 crop year, to eliminate limitations on certain waivers for borrowers eligible for direct farm operating loans, and to suspend the limitation on the period for which borrowers are eligible for guaranteed farm operating loans, for farming or ranching operations in counties subject to a disaster declaration issued in 2011.  The bill, which has 6 co-sponsors, was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture which maintains jurisdiction.

To view the bill, please click here.

 

December 16, 2011

Employment of Minors in Agriculture

On Friday, December 16, 2011, Representative Jeff Fortenberry (D-NE) introduced H.R. 3708, which is a bill to prohibit the Secretary of Labor from issuing a final rule that prevents the agricultural employment of minors to detassel.  The bill, which has one co-sponsor, was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce which maintains jurisdiction.

To view the bill, please click here.

 

December 02, 2011

Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act

On Friday, December 2, 2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced H.R. 3553.  The bill, which has 12 co-sponsors, is intended to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act, to require that food that contains a genetically engineered material, or that is produced with a genetically engineered material, be labeled accordingly.  The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

To view the bill, please click here.

Genetically Engineered Technology Farmer Protection Act

On Friday, December 2, 2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced H.R. 3555.  The bill, which has two co-sponsors, is intended to provide legislative language that will provide additional protections for farmers and ranchers that may be harmed economically by genetically engineered seeds, plants, or animals, to ensure fairness for farmers and ranchers in their dealings with biotech companies that sell genetically engineered seeds, plants, or animals, to assign liability for injury caused by genetically engineered organisms.  The bill has been referred to multiple committees – House Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Judiciary – as each committee has separate jurisdiction.

To view the bill, please click here.

 

November 30, 2011

Healthy Food Financing Initiative

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced S. 1926, which is a bill to amend the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to establish a Healthy Food Financing Initiative.  The bill, which has 10 co-sponsors, was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

To view the legislation, please click here.

Healthy Food Financing Initiative

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced H.R. 3525, which is a bill to amend the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to establish a Healthy Food Financing Initiative.  The bill, which has 3 co-sponsors, was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

To view the legislation, please click here.

Northern Border Commerce Protection Act

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Representative Bill Owens (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3529, which is a bill to provide for the reinstatement of certain North American Free Trade Agreement Customs fees exemptions and other purposes.  The bill, which has no co-sponsors, was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

To view the legislation, please click here.

 

November 18, 2011

Proposed Amendment to Federal Crop Insurance Act

On Friday, November 18, 2011, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced S.1905, a bill to amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to include support for specialty crops, and other purposes.  The bill, which has no co-sponsors, was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.  To view the legislation, please click here.

 

Legislation Suggesting U.S. and Egypt Intitate Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

On Friday, November 18, 2011, Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) introduce H. Res. 472 expressing the sense that the United States should initiate negotiations with Egypt on a free trade agreement.  The resolution, which has one co-sponsor, was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.  To view the resolution, please click here.

 

November 17, 2011

Proposed Bill to Amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

On Thursday, November 17, 2011, Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) introduce S.1888, a bill to establish a program to provide loans for local farms, ranches, and market gardens to improve public health and nutrition, reduce energy consumption, and for other purposes.  The bill, which has one co-sponsor, was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.  To view the legislation, please click here.

 

November 16, 2011

Reformation of the H2-A Program

On Wednesday, November 16th, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) introduced H.R.3443, a bill to reform the H2-A Program for non-immigrant agricultural workers.  The bill, which has one co-sponsor, was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.  To view the legislation, please click here.

 

November 15, 2011

Amendment to H.R. 2354 Repeal of the Mandatory Commodity Promotion and Marketing Programs

On Tuesday, November 15, 2011, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) offered an amendment to H.R. 2354.  The amendment is intended to repeal mandatory commodity promotion and marketing programs (Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996) for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2012.  To view the language for Senate Amendment 1013, please click here.

For more information on commodity promotion and marketing programs see Section 1.15 of the FPP Manual, Research and Promotion Programs, Page 1-31.

 

November 01, 2011

Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2011

On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced S. 1773. The bill, which has 11 co-sponsors, is aimed at the promotion of local and regional farm and food systems. The bill was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. An identical House version of the bill was introduced on November 1, 2011, by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME), H.R. 3286. For more information on the Senate and House bills, please click here and here, respectively.

Healthy Foods for Healthy Living Act

On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), introduced H.R. 3291.  The bill, which currently has no co-sponsors, is seeking to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make grants to community-based organizations and local redevelopment agencies operating in low-income communities in order to promote increased access to and consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food options.  The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committees on Agriculture, and Ways and Means.  For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

October 14, 2011

Enhance Non-traditional Community Agricultural Production and Technology

On October 14, 2011, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced H.R. 3225, a bill to promote and enhance non-traditional community agricultural production and technology through the establishment of a new office in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The bill, which has six cosponsors, aims to ensure that USDA authorities are able to effectively coordinate and encourage local agriculture growth and foster an environment to increase the availability of fresh food in non-traditional communities.

The bill was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.  For more information and to view the legislation, please click here.

 

October 13, 2011

Colombia Free Trade Agreement

On October 13, 2011, following passage by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, President Obama was presented with H.R. 3078; the Colombian Free Trade Agreement.  The bill, which was originally agreed upon during the second term of President George W. Bush, is to provide for enhanced economic opportunities and the reduction of tariffs between the U.S. and Colombia.  To view the CRS summary or and the legislation generally please click here or here.

 

Panama Free Trade Agreement

On October 13, 2011 H.R. 3079 was presented to President Obama for his signature.  The bill, which is entitled the Panama Free Trade Agreement, was initially agreed upon in 2007 by President George W. Bush and the Panamanian Government.  The bill is intended to provide for the expansion of trade and the reduction and elimination of tariffs on trade between the U.S. and Panama.  To view the CRS summary or the legislation, please click here or here.

 

South Korea Free Trade Agreement

The U.S.–Korea Free Trade Agreement was finally passed by the House and Senate on October 12, 2011.  The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for his approval.  The bill, once signed and implemented, is intended to strengthened trade and economic ties between the U.S. and Korea. To view the CRS summary or the legislation, please click here or here.

 

October 5, 2011

Federal Crop Insurance Act

On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) introduced H.R. 3107, which is a bill to amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act.  The bill, which has 31 cosponsors, is intended to provide agriculture producers with the opportunity to purchase new crop insurance coverage based on individual yield and loss basis and area yield and loss basis.  The bill has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture which maintains jurisdiction.  For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

September 22, 2011

Structure and Stabilization of Domestic Agriculture Labor Market Bill

On Thursday, September 22, Congressman Berman introduced H.R. 3017, which is a bill intended to structure and stabilize the domestic agriculture labor market.  The bill, which has six co-sponsors, was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary as well as to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, and Agriculture for consideration of provisional jurisdiction.  For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

September 15 & 16, 2011

Agricultural Research Tax Relief Bill

On Thursday, September 15, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator John Thune (R-ND) introduced S. 1561, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.  This bill, as intended by its authors, is aimed at fostering a collaborative environment between universities and private charitable entities to increase and develop advancements in food production.  The goal of this bill is to enable U.S. food production to double by 2050.  For more information on this bill, please click here.

On Friday, September 16th, Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced H.R. 2959, a bill to amend the tax code and allow for private charitable tax-exempt organization to fund agricultural research.  The purpose of this bill is to create a hybrid partnership between universities and private entities to spur research and innovation that will enable the United States to double food production by 2050.  For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

September 07, 2011

New Agricultural Guest Worker Program Proposed

On Wednesday, September 7th, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced legislation, H.R. 2847 – the American Specialty Agriculture Act, intended to provide an overhaul of the agricultural guest worker visa program, currently known as the H-2A program, and shifts responsibility for the program from the Department of Labor to the Department of Agriculture.  The bill was referred to both the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

September 02, 2011

Extension of the Generalized System of Preferences Program

On Friday, September 2nd, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp introduced legislation inteded to extend the Generalized System of Preferences Program. The bill was referred to the House Ways and Mean Committee. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

July 27, 2011

Permitting Fruit and Vegetable Production on Base Acres

On Wednesday, July 27th, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) introduced legislation intended to allow producers on a farm to produce fruits and vegetables for processing on base acres.  The bill was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.  For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

July 26, 2011

Community-Supported Agriculture Promotion Program

On Tuesday, July 26th, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced S. 1414 a bill intended to establish a community-supported agriculture promotion program.  The bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee.  For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

July 19, 2011

Harvest Act of 2011

On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) introduced S. 1384.  The bill, which has no co-sponsors, is aimed at helping agriculture employers receive safe and verifiably employees to work in agribusiness. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which maintains jurisdiction. 

To view the bill, please click here.

 

June 14, 2011

Repeal of Trade Adjustment Assistance

On Tuesday, June 14th, Representative Dennis Ross (R-FL) introduced H.R. 2165 which is intended to repeal the trade adjustment assistance programs authorized under the Trade Act of 1974. The bill was referred to the Ways and Means committee. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

May 26, 2011

Evasion of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties

On Thursday, May 26th, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced S. 1133 a bill intended to prevent the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders. The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

May 04, 2011

Trading Deficits and Balanced Trading Relationships


On Thursday, May 4th, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced H.R. 1717, a bill that would require the United States in certain cases in which the trade deficit between the United States and another country exceeds $10,000,000,000 to take necessary steps to create a more balanced trading relationships.  For more information on this bill, please click here.


April 07, 2011

Scientific Research and Health Benefits Claims


On Wednesday, April 5th, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced H.R. 1364, a bill intended to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act concerning the distribution of information on legitimate scientific research in connection with foods and dietary supplements, and other purposes. The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. For more information click here.


Extending the Suspension of Limitation on Guaranteed Assistance  

Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA) introduced H.R.1422, which is a bill to amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. This amendment is to extend the suspension of the limitation on the period for which certain borrowers are eligible for guaranteed assistance. For more information on this bill, please click here

 

April 04, 2011

Amending of the Tax Code for Farm Bill Machinery  

On Thursday, March 31st, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Pat Roberts (R-KS), introduced Senate bill S.700. This bill is intended to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the treatment of certain farming business machinery and equipment as 5-year property for purposes of depreciation. For more information on this bill, please click here.  


An Amendment to the Pesticide Law  

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced S.718, which is a bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve the use of certain registered pesticides. For more information on this bill, please click here.  

March 31, 2011  

Farm Equipment Depreciation  

On Thursday, March 31st, MarchSenator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced S.700, which is a bill intended to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the treatment of certain farming business machinery and equipment as 5-year property for purposes of depreciation. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

March 30, 2011

ESA Direction on California Water

On Wednesday, March 30th, Representative Jim Costa (D-CA) and Representative Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1251, a bill to provide for more direct congressional direction as it relates to the overall implementation of the Endangered Species Act and the operation of the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project and for water relief in the State of California. This bill has been referred to the to Committee on Natural Resources.  For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

March 15, 2011

Allowance of USDA Recommendations for Science Advisory Board Members

Today, Representative Marlin Stutzman introduced H.R.1104, which is a bill to allow USDA to make recommendations for up to three members of the Science Advisory Board. For more information on the bill, please click here.  

 

March 03, 2011

Extending the Andrean Trade Preference Act and Address Other Trade Programs

Today, Representative Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL) introduced H.R.913, which is a bill to extend certain trade preference programs. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

March 02, 2011

Expanding Eligibility for FSA Loans

Today, Representative Bill Owen (D-NY) introduced H.R.874, which is a bill to amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to expand eligibility for Farm Service Agency loans. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

February 28, 2011

Facilitate Legal Agricultural Trade with Cuba

Today, Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX) introduced H.R.833, which is a bill to remove obstacles as they relate to the legal sales of U.S.agricultural commodities to Cuba. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

February 17, 2011

Designating Parts of San Joaquin Valley as Rural

Today, Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced H.R.760, which is a bill to designate certain parts of San Joaquin Valley as rural areas for purposes of certain USDA programs. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

Extending the Andean Trade Preference Act

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) introduced S.380, which is a bill that aims to extend the Andean Trade Preference Act. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

February 16, 2011

SEC Disclosure of Iran Activities

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced S.366, which is a bill that aims to require companies to disclose certain activities related to Iran to the Securities and Exchange Commission in their required company filings. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

February 10, 2011

Extending the Andean Trade Preferences Act

Today, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, introduced H.R.622, which is a bill to extend the Andean Trade Preference Act. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

January 27, 2011

Increased Penalties Related to Misbranded and Adulterated Food

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.216, which is a bill to increase criminal penalties for knowingly and intentionally violating laws related to food that is misbranded and adulterated. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

January 19, 2011

Provide Small Farm Tax Credit

Today, Representative Joe Baca (D-CA) introduced H.R.317, which is a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow farmers whose gross receipts that are attributable to fruit and vegetable farming a tax related credit of $10,000 if their receipts do not exceed $500,000. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

January 12, 2011

Providing Tax Exempt Bonds for Agricultural Processing Property

Today, Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) introduced H.R. 278, which is a bill intended to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a vessel for tax exempt qualified small issue bonds to finance agricultural processing property. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

January 05, 2011

Withdraw from NAFTA

Today, Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC) introduced H.R. 29, which is intended to withdraw Congressional approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and to direct the President of the United Statesto provide notice of the withdrawal to the governments of Canada and Mexico. For more information on the bill, please click here.

 

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