House Majority Whip Geoffrey Wise, P-Iowa
The battle for the future of American agriculture is at hand, though it still remains a silent war. And so I ask you, my colleagues, to help put a stop to this wholesale pillaging. By supporting this omnibus, we'll give the people of Mountain States an agricultural policy that they can finally be proud of.
The bill legislates the following:
- Amending current fair practice laws in regards to producer-processor negotiations to provide a list of mutual obligations for good faith bargaining, and granting the Grain, Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration new authority over an "early warning" system to negotiate with those found not in compliance with federal law.
- Instituting a series of new conservation and environmental guidelines enforced by the Department of Agriculture, following a draft of said guidelines by the House Committee on Agriculture.
- Providing for tax breaks and one credit of increased subsidies to all agriculture landowners who follow the new conservation guidelines, and for a one-time expenditure of three credits on those without the income to adapt to the new standards.
- Establishing a Rural Development Administration under purview of the MSDA, tasked with the development and betterment of the quality of life in rural areas, with one credit in the federal budget now allocated to said administration.
- Allocates two credits of the federal budget to the creation, maintenance, and activity of a Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency, whose administration will include the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, as well as state and county-level crop programs.
- Implements new insurance regulations for the Risk Management Agency, with guidelines based on income, nature of relief, and RMA advisory policy to ailing farmers.
Anthony Calhoun Nordquist wrote:The bill is hereby assigned to the House Appropriations Committee while discussion on possible amendments continues.