Farm Policy Update: April 3, 2014
– Vilsack appears today before House Ag Committee. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the key witness during a House Ag panel hearing to review the “State of the Rural Economy.” He will likely again update on the progress of implementing the 2014 farm bill, likely beginning with the coming signup for the livestock disaster programs. USDA's next major task is to help communicate the new farm bill options and provisions to farmers. Included in that educational effort is some $3 million being made available to educational institutions. USDA is reviewing which land grant colleges and other places will get that funding, but it is widely expected to go to the Univ. of Illinois, Ohio State Univ., Texas A&M, among others.