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Pa. Farm Bureau pleased with new farm bill

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) says the 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed into law by President Obama tlast week, provides stability for farm families as they make food production decisions now and for years to come.

“The new farm bill includes a much stronger crop insurance program that should help farmers purchase enough insurance to better protect themselves from severe losses due to extreme weather disasters. It should also encourage additional farmers, who have not acquired crop insurance in the past, to do so,” said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.

Farm Bureau notes that more than 79%, or nearly $4 out of every $5 in farm bill spending, supports the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which funds food stamps and other food nutrition programs. Of the remaining 20.9% of overall farm bill funding, crop insurance accounts for 9.4%, conservation programs for 6%, commodity programs for 4.6% and 0.9% for other areas.

Pennsylvania dairy farmers, who are the fifth largest producers of milk in the United States, will also have an opportunity to reduce their overall risk through a new dairy gross margin insurance program.

“The goal of the margin insurance program is to provide more stability to an industry with historically volatile milk prices and extremely tight profit margins,” added Shaffer.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 58,300 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across the state.