Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ag News Rounduup

USDA Chief Economist Keith Collins to retire.

USDA Chief Economist Dr. Keith Collins will retire on January 3rd. Collins has served as USDA Chief Economist for the past 15 years overseeing USDA‘s program of market forecasts and projections. Collins‘ 32 years of federal service has included leadership with wide-ranging impact in the economic analysis of agricultural policy, energy and bioproducts, risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis, and global climate change. Collins has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

Kennebuc Journal - Rescuing the Farm Bill

Maine's two senators are moderate Republicans who have both expressed strong support for expanding the nutrition programs in the Farm Bill. Yet their support was curiously lacking when it came time to push for continued action on the bill.
We hope that in this current impasse Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe will do as they have often done, and seek the commonsense middle ground which would allow the Farm Bill to be taken up again. That, in turn, will move this country a little bit closer to adequately feeding the growing numbers of people who need the government's help to put food on the table.

Peterson - Extending Farm Bill is not a good option

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says farmers in the northern states should oppose any one- or two-year extension of the current multi-year farm bill, if a new 2007 farm bill isn't struck. “I've been trying to talk that down,” Peterson said, speaking to a large group of farmers at the North Dakota Ag Expo and trade show, held at the Fargodome, which started Wednesday and continues through
today. The multi-year bill under-girds the region's agricultural economy - a
safety net against poor prices. The topic drew hundreds of listeners from the
thousands of show-goers.

Farm Bill Will Still Develop

“It was only Round One,” said Kate Cyrul, spokeswoman for Sen. Tom Harkin,
D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “He (Harkin) is certainly
realistic that we have a lot of work to do, but he’s optimistic.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is among those who believe that senators will reach
agreement on the farm bill because of political demands back home.
“We’re stuck for no good reason,” she said. “I have to believe that the politics of an
election year are going to knock this thing loose and get it to the floor for

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