Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its partners released the results of the eight annual national survey of honey bee losses. The survey shows good news — fewer honey bee colonies were lost this winter than in previous years.
The recent Census of Agriculture shows that there is tremendous potential for growth among the smaller producers that make up the middle of American agriculture, but they need our support to get there. That can mean a lot of different things. Some small and mid-sized farms and ranches are happy just the way they are, and simply need stability to help them keep afloat during tough times.
This week, USDA released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times.
The Agriculture Act of 2014 — or farm bill — passed by Congress and signed last week by President Barack Obama, strengthens the farm safety net and ensures vital nutrition assistance for hardworking children and families during tough times. It closes loopholes and achieves much-needed reform, saving billions of taxpayer dollars. Those accomplishments are significant and should be commended, particularly at a time when bipartisan victories in Washington are so rare. We have already started work on a plan to implement the new farm bill. However, many of its provisions are new and complex.