Farm Bill for New Farmers\Ranchers Debated

This may be of interest to our 4H and Future Farmers out there.

A group of bipartisan Representatives and Senators has asked House and  Senate farm bill conferees want to provide legislation with programs meant to break down the barriers that make it difficult to enter agriculture.  The Senate letter urged the conferees to maintain the strongest possible support for beginning farmers and ranchers through targeted programs  that provide new and young farmers with education and training, access  to credit and access to affordable land with support for conservation  programs.

Both letters specifically ask for adoption of funding for the  Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program at no less than the  House-passed level of 20-million dollars per year; House-passed  provisions that expand credit options for new farmers – including an  authorization for USDA to make microloans for beginning and veteran  farmers and to launch an intermediary lending pilot modeled after other  successful cooperative lending programs such as the Rural  Microentrepreneur Assistance Program; Senate-passed funding levels for  the Conservation Reserve Program Transition Incentives Program; and the  House-passed provision that increases the amount of funding a beginning  or socially disadvantaged farmer can receive up front through the  Environmental Quality Incentives Program.