Ideas for Farm Bill Funding

Below are some ideas on re-directing federal farm bill funds toward 21st century challenges in agriculture:

  1. Streamline the approval processes of biotechnology products – As the world population grows from 6 billion to 9 billion people, if the U.S. is going to effectively compete for this growing market an efficient and effective biotechnology regulatory process will be key to success.
  2. Coordinate U.S. agricultural policies with Public Health Policies – Farm policy lawmakers should work with tax writers to provide incentives that enhance agriculture production of fruits and vegetables; following  trends toward healthier diets.  Secondly, lawmakers need to create investment incentives for non-profit organizations and to free-up private capital for much needed enhancements to rural health care facilities.
  3. Advanced Biofuels – In conjunction with efficient distribution routes, incentives for private or cooperative commercialization opportunities should also be considered to increase consumer use.  As supply chain movement of U.S.-produced biofuels improves the U.S. may capture savings by reducing the $6 billion annual tax credits for corn-based ethanol and biodiesel, and elimination of the 54 cent per gallon import tariff on imported ethanol.
  4. Alleviate U.S. dependency on foreign oil – land designated for the Conservation Reserve Program  could prove useful for the future production of bio-energy.
  5. Increase utility-scale wind energy plants on land enrolled in CRP – Wind energy plants on even terrain require about 60 acres per megawatt of installed capacity. Only 5%, roughly 3 acres, of the required acreage is actually occupied by turbines, equipment and access roads.
  6. Enhance non-trade distorting agricultural policies that expand trade of all US grown commodities, including fruits and vegetables.  The good news is U.S. farm exports totaled $108.7 billion in FY 2010.  USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates that approximately 8,400 jobs on and off the farm are supported by each $1 billion in agricultural exports. That’s 913,000 jobs! But, sanitary and phytosanitary trade barriers are escalating and agricultural pests and diseases continue to proliferate.

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Cansler Consulting & The Farm Bill

As an agricultural lobbying firm, Cansler Consulting is well versed in the intricacies of the 2012 Farm Bill and all the factors and agendas involved. If your organization needs its interests protected during this time of decision, please contact us today at (202) 714-2822 for a consultation today to see how we can help your organization build support where it needs it most.

Tim Cansler