Ag Energy Coalition Talks Farm Bill

The 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired giving the agricultural industry and renewable energy industry, which had programs in the 2008 Farm Bill, a grave level of uncertainty to growing segments of the U.S. economy. This move has caused private sector investments to dry up and threatens good paying jobs.

In response, Lloyd Ritter, co-director of the Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) said, “With support from energy programs in the 2008 Farm Bill, U.S. companies have raised private financing to start construction of the nation’s first six advanced biofuels biorefineries; farmers in more than 150 counties across the nation have begun raising and harvesting next generation energy crops on 150,000 acres of underutilized farmland; rural families are saving money through energy efficiency and/or renewable power generation on their farms through the use of wind, solar, geothermal, and anaerobic digestion technologies; and nearly 100,000 people are now employed in the rapidly growing biobased products market.

This progress is at risk if Congress fails to finish new Farm Bill legislation that has already passed the Senate and been voted out of the House Committee on Agriculture.”

Ritter stressed that there is certainty provided by a five-year Farm Bill and is needed to keep farmers, business owners and investors interested in rural energy initiatives. He concluded by saying a five-year extension of the Farm Bill that includes funding for the energy title is needed to keep investments flowing and jobs intact.

One thought on “Ag Energy Coalition Talks Farm Bill

  1. With regrets, many right thinking Americans are just saying no to any extension of the farm bill. It’s one thing for government to provide short term incentives for risk takers to invest in and develop new products and technologies to help get projects up and running. Conversely, the farm bill programs are deliberately so designed to firmly establish a permanent dependency on the government grants, subsidies and mandates. For example: high food prices are continuing to skyrocket due in part to renewable fuel programs. High food prices have necessitated a huge and unsustainable expansion of the nutritional assistance programs. An extra added incentive for people to go on food stamps is that all people receiving food stamps qualify for free cell phones and service. Another even more serious problem is that the government has turned a blind eye towards GMO’s most of which is poisonous, unfit for human & animal consumption and being introduced into the food chain. Although certain elements of the farm bill may be beneficial in the short term; in its totality, the farm is counterproductive. The farm bill needs to be disassembled and some of its parts to reintroduced to benefit the entire economy and all of the Ameican people.