Two Midwestern agricultural leaders and two former Secretaries of Agriculture endorsed new policy recommendations for the 21st century contained in a report released by American Farmland Trust.
The report, Agenda 2007: A New Framework and Direction for U.S. Farm Policy, offers guidelines and policy recommendations for the next farm bill.
“Nearly half the land in
AFT’s policy guidelines focus on generating future prosperity for all types of farms and ranches. They reward farmers for protecting the environment and for providing public goods such as wildlife habitat and clean water. Major policy recommendations in the report include:
“Green payments” to create greater incentives for farmers to deliver environmental benefits;
- Revenue-based risk management programs to replace counter-cyclical programs;
- A $1 billion grants program to foster innovative enterprises, markets and regional food systems; and
- A new cooperative conservation program to encourage further stewardship.
“The 2007 Farm Bill offers farmers the opportunity to shape the future of
Livestock producers and specialty crop growers, who largely were left out of previous farm bills, also have a major stake in a new generation of farm policies.
“AFT’s safety net options provide a transition away from market distorting subsidies and will greatly increase our chances of expanding market access,” states John Hardin, an
AFT notes that recent talk about extending the 2002 Farm Bill beyond 2007 flies in the face of the forces converging on current
“Today, we are calling on other agriculture leaders to join us in forging a long-overdue, new vision for farm policy that will strengthen the future of
American Farmland Trust news release