Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Fate of House Farm Bill Extension Not Clear House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas defended the idea of extending the 2008 Farm Bill for one year over the weekend. He said the changes made for the 2012 Farm Bill are of such a magnitude that the orderly way to implement a new farm bill would be to pass a one-year extension. According to Lucas, “One more year of existing farm policy would provide for an orderly transition to the next farm bill.” As for House action on the extension – Lucas anticipates a limited amount of debate since the only change that can be made is moving the 2008 Farm Bill one year farther down the road and slight adjustments in funding levels to address the fifth year and what would be the sixth year of the farm bill’s livestock feed assistance. Lucas is hopeful the House can clear the measure on Wednesday. But the Chairman isn’t sold on using the extension as the basis for a conference with the Senate-passed bill – stating he is a regular order kind of guy. Without a guarantee of farm bill action later this year – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson opposes the extension.The farm bill extension the full House is scheduled to consider this week would make only a slight reduction in the out years in the direct payments program and make no changes to the food stamp program. Prospects for this extension and disaster aid package on the floor are not yet clear. But if the House does approve the extension – Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow says the Senate will reject it. Speaking over the weekend – Stabenow called it quite shocking that the House leadership was unwilling to bring a bill that came out of the committee on a bipartisan vote to the floor.Ag Groups Not Too Excited with House Plan to Extend Farm BillIt’s widely expected the U.S. House will consider a farm bill extension this week. The legislation would provide for a one-year extension of current law governing farm programs – including commodity programs, crop insurance, conservation programs and federal nutrition programs – as well as reauthorize supplemental agricultural disaster assistance for the 2012 fiscal year retroactively – and for the 2013 fiscal year. While farm groups want to see work on the farm bill completed before current law expires on September 30th – most have not responded positively to the decision of the House leadership to extend current law for one year.The American Farm Bureau Federation said it would oppose a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill because it fails to move the nation closer to securing a comprehensive, long-term farm bill. President Bob Stallman says an extension does nothing to offer farm and ranch families long-term policy certainty. Stallman points out that the Senate-passed farm bill and the measure approved by the House Agriculture Committee include disaster provisions for livestock farmers – which would likely be included in any conference committee held for the long-term legislation. He says the extension bill does nothing to help hog or poultry producers, does little to provide assistance to the dairy industry and does nothing to aid fruit and vegetable producers who may not have crop insurance available as a risk management tool. Stallman says the Agriculture Committee in the House and the full Senate produced reform-minded, bipartisan bills that address many of the core principles Farm Bureau believes are important. The group is encouraging House members and their leaders to recognize the example set by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Agriculture Committees to forge fiscally responsible bipartisan legislation. Stallman says an extension falls well short of that target.National Farmers Union only supports a one-year extension if the next step is to conference a comprehensive five-year farm bill before the September 30th expiration date. NFU President Roger Johnson says an extension that ignores the goal of a five-year bill merely kicks the can down the road and would necessitate starting the farm bill drafting process over in the new Congress in January. According to Johnson – the clock is ticking and this extension is wasting time that could be spent on passing a bipartisan, forward-looking bill before the September 30th deadline. He says House leadership needs to stop playing political games and show it values rural America by passing a farm bill now. Johnson notes the proposed one-year extension cuts the one title that had the most agreement among all parties – the conservation title. He adds that it cuts mandatory funding from vital beginning farmer and rancher, renewable energy and direct-to-consumer marketing programs.Garry Niemeyer – National Corn Growers Association President – says America’s farmers need a new farm bill that will allow them the ability to make sound business decisions for the next five years. He says an extension of current law fails to provide the needed level of certainty – adding that NCGA advocates reforming programs into more efficient farm policy that will be responsive to taxpayers. According to Niemeyer – continuing outdated farm policies will negatively impact agriculture, the federal budget, consumers and the economy.The American Soybean Association believes U.S. farmers and livestock producers need certainty in programs that help them manage risk in order to make decisions that will affect their operations over the long-term. ASA First Vice President Danny Murphy says that’s especially true as devastating drought conditions cover more than half of the country. He says a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill combined with short-term disaster assistance to livestock producers won’t provide the certainty agriculture needs today. According to Murphy – a new five-year farm bill with long-term risk management and disaster assistance programs is needed. But ASA does support moving the farm bill process forward so that a conference can be convened when Congress returns from the August recess. Murphy says the group understands a one-year extension of the current farm bill may be all that can pass the House before it adjourns. He says ASA can support an extension if there are assurances that a new five-year bill can be negotiated in September.National Association of Conservation Districts President Gene Schmidt called it shortsighted to sacrifice conservation programs that help mitigate the impacts of drought and other disasters in order to pay for disaster aid. According to Schmidt – long-term conservation planning is our best defense in protecting and preserving our natural resource base for the future. He suggested it is better to continue to invest in conservation now than to be forced to pay the escalated costs of repair down the road. By Gary Truitt – Jul 30, 2012 Facebook Twitter Previous articleDrought-Stressed Corn for Silage ConsiderationsNext articleAmerican Livestock asks for RFS Waiver Gary Truitt SHARE The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) issued the following statement expressing strong opposition to attempts by the House to extend a version of the current farm bill by one year and reiterating support for the inclusion of Dairy Security Act (DSA) in any final farm bill package: “The current safety net for dairy farmers is not sufficient in dealing with scenarios like we are currently facing from high feed costs associated with the ongoing drought,” said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of NMPF. “If we are going to be serious about providing better protection for the nation’s dairy farmers while at the same time providing taxpayer savings from current programs, then we should pass a new farm bill which includes the DSA, which was included in both the Senate-passed farm bill and the farm bill recently passed out of the House Agriculture Committee. “Under the proposed extension, the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC) would not pay out for the remainder of 2012 or for 2013 while the nation’s dairy farmers are experiencing razor-thin margins. The proposed 2008 farm bill extension does nothing to ensure dairy farmers and their bankers that they will have any safety net to deal with the present and future periods of tight margins and extreme volatility.Source: NAFB News Sevice Fate of House Farm Bill Extension Not Clear
Governor-Elect Peter Shumlin announced today that Susan Allen and Bianca Slota will take positions on his Executive Office staff. Allen, who has worked as a reporter, editorial writer, and columnist, and is currently the Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont, will be Special Assistant to the Governor with responsibilities that include policy work and communications strategies. Slota, previously a reporter for WCAX television, will serve as press secretary.Allen has worked as a political reporter, editorial writer and columnist at the Burlington Free Press and the Associated Press since transferring to Vermont from USA TODAY in 1986. She hosted Vermont Public Television’s live-format television program “Call the Governor.’ Most recently she worked as a reporter and editor of the Barre Montpelier Times Argus before becoming Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont, a Montpelier-based non-profit organization, in April. She served as former Gov. Howard Dean’s press secretary from 1997 to 2002, and has extensive experience in Vermont state government. Her salary will be $60,000.Slota joined the WCAX news team as a general assignment reporter in 2007, and she anchored the Channel 3 News at 6 and 11 p.m. on Sundays. She also worked at television stations in Alaska after graduating from the University of Maryland in 2005 with a degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to day-to-day press responsibilities, Slota will focus on new media and web-based communications to enable Vermonters to contribute ideas and communicate with state government in new ways. Her salary will be $45,000.
The Batesville Bulldogs JV Baseball extended their winning streak to 3 games in a row as they took down conference foe Lawrenceburg on Monday night by a final score of 6-4.Nate Eckstein got the ball and pitched a complete game allowing four runs, two of which were earned runs. The Bulldogs only got 5 hits but 4 of them came with runners in scoring position. Seth Gausman racked up 3 RBI’s on two hits. Brayden Linkel, Devin Scripture, and Garrett Lee each cashed in a run batted in. Although the defense was shaky at times but the Bulldogs defense made huge plays when they needed to including a diving catch by Lleyton Ratcliffe, a huge outfield assist by Garrett Lee throwing out a runner at second, and a game ending double play with the bases loaded.The Bulldogs improve to 5-3 on the season and look to make it 4 straight wins when they play Lawrenceburg at BHS field on Thursday at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was a hot day in many ways at Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon.Clayton Kershaw got hot at Dodgers manager Don Mattingly for taking him out after five innings. Not long after, Chris Heisey turned up the pennant-fever heat with a grand slam capping a six-run, fifth inning as the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 before 38,234 who braved the 90-degree oven at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers (87-65) have won two straight. They reduced their magic number to clinch the NL West to four, which was reduced to three Thursday night after the second-place San Francisco Giants lost to the San Diego Padres.Kershaw gave up three earned runs on six hits. He struck out nine and walked two on just 80 pitches. When Mattingly informed him in the bottom of the fifth that he was coming out for pinch-hitter Austin Barnes to begin the inning, Kershaw engaged Mattingly in a heated discussion. The Dodgers were trailing 3-0 at the time.“Same as always, he doesn’t ever want to come out,” Mattingly said. “And for me there, we’ve just gotta try and score. We’re down three runs, he’s gotta be around 80 pitches there — close to it — so he’s going to pitch one more inning. And you’ve gotta try and score there. That’s pretty much it.”Mattingly was asked how Kershaw pleaded his case.“Just that he could stay in the game, and that he got a hit the last time up (in the third inning),” Mattingly said.Was that the most animated Mattingly had seen Kershaw? “Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “But I’ve seen him like that before. And I’ve talked numerous times with different guys, too, and it never bothers me. None of that stuff. Those guys are being competitive, want to stay in the game.”Unlike Mattingly, Kershaw refused to discuss the incident.“I’m not going to talk about that at all,” said Kershaw, who, thanks to Heisey, picked up his 15th victory against seven defeats. “If you guys want to talk about the game, I’m more than happy to talk about that.”Kershaw was told that he might as well get it out of his system.“I don’t … make it up, then, it’s fine,” he said. “It’s between Donnie and I. Nobody else needs to know.”The big left-hander was queried as to whether this was the angriest he’s been in a baseball game.“Do you have a baseball question?” Kershaw responded.Kershaw did talk about his effort.“My curveball was terrible,” he said. “I need to go back to the drawing board on that. Just a lot of two-strike hits; you can’t have that happen.”Brandon Drury hit a 1-2 pitch for a home run in the top of the fourth for a 3-0 Arizona lead.Kershaw now has a major-league-leading 281 strikeouts and has two more starts to reach 300 for the first time.It has been a topsy-turvy year for Heisey. He started the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City, was recalled by the Dodgers in late April for a game, was sent back down, then came back up again. Back and forth he went. He was released in August and signed by Toronto, for which he played at Triple-A Buffalo. The Dodgers reacquired Heisey in a trade with Toronto on Aug. 31.He was beyond stoked, especially when he received a curtain call following his slam off reliever Andrew Chafin that went just inside the left-field foul pole.“Well, I didn’t even realize they were doing it until (Justin) Turner told me, ‘Hey, go out there and give the fans what they want,’” said Heisey, 30, who was with the Cincinnati Reds from 2010-14. “And it’s special. To have the team get a big win here, end the series on a positive note, especially going on a road trip to get one step closer to clinching a playoff spot, it was nice to finally feel like I’ve contributed.”Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale was upset about Heisey’s home run.“We just didn’t make the pitches we needed to,” he said. “The home run right down the line was just a killer. Chafe’s the one we really wanted in the game there, the guy we really trust a lot.”Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (6-5) took the loss. He threw 4 1/3 innings and was charged with the first four runs in the fifth. The first two of those scored on a single by Howie Kendrick.