Earlier this week, House Ag Chair Frank Lucas spoke to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters as he went into committee for the first mark up of the 2013 Farm Bill:
“We will be on the floor in June, told by both comments of leadership and public listenings they have given the membership. But also, whatever we do in the committee, many of the battles, dairy, sugar and the nutrition reforms will be again fought out on the floor of the US House. I understand that"
The Senate Ag Committee marked up their version of the farm bill a day earlier and Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow had this regarding crop insurance, especially for southern crops that haven't been eligible for crop insurance in the past:
“In cotton we have done a crop insurance program for them that addresses the concerns of Brazil. Rice and peanuts have been given a fixed price under what we are calling the AMP. For the rest of the crops they would be able to get what has been traditionally called a target price where we put in the same numbers as 2008. But we would do it not on a fixed number but a five year rolling average."
Troxler on Got to Be NC Festival….
Today begins the Got to Be NC Festival at the NC State Fairground. SFN’s Rhonda Garrison talks with Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler:
“We will be having fun and celebrating NC’s agricultural heritage and the great food produced right here. Our food and wine expo this year is expanding to include NC craft breweries. There are a lot of great ones in NC and we hope to spin off another enterprise of raising local hops here in the state. It’s a great family event and we hope that everyone will come out.
Wind Farms Taking a Toll on Protected Birds
Wind farms may be good for the environment, but they are taking a toll on wildlife. Correspondent Frank Settipani explains.
“It’s a federal offense to kill eagles and other protected birds. One wildlife group estimates that spinning windmill turbines kill more than half a million each year, including 85,000 eagles, hawks and falcons. An Associated Press investigation found the Obama Administration had never gone after a windmill farm for killing a protected bird. Oil companies and coal plants have been prosecuted. A former fish and wildlife service official says it boils down to: if you electrocute an eagle that’s bad, but if you chop it to pieces that is ok.”